David Platt’s booklet “What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me?” explains what it means to follow Jesus — to die to ourselves and the things of the world, and to live by experiencing joy following our Savior.
Platt not only discusses how the disciples followed Jesus during both His life and after his ascension, but he also shows how we too can follow Jesus in our modern day lives. Using biblical references and examples, he is very honest about how we must first deal with the sin in our lives.
“What Did Jesus Really Mean …” might be a short booklet, but it is jam-packed with tons of wisdom and hard-hitting questions for the Christ follower. It also offers a great explanation on how to even become a Christ follower (“When you come to Jesus, he puts the source of his life in the center of your life”). Platt also delves into what the cost is to become a follower of Christ — even to the point of death for the disciples, as well as for some today.
Following the invitation and cost, Platt discusses the great change that comes from following Jesus. Everything changes — our minds, desires, thoughts and wills. Ultimately, as more and more follow Jesus, the church and the world will change.
This booklet will get you thinking about where you stand spiritually. As Platt asks at the end of his introduction, “Have you answered the call?”
Four and a half out of five stars.