Andy Stanley — Fearless
We want to follow Jesus, but where is he leading? What is the payoff for following him? Is it being a better person? Is it life in heaven after we die? Is it a pain-free life? If you follow Jesus, you will be a better person.
If you follow him, you will go to heaven. If you follow him, you won't have a pain-free life. But that's okay, because Jesus offers much more—a faith so strong it frees us from fear.
Have you ever met someone who is choosing to trust God through enormously difficult circumstances? Did you find yourself wanting some of that? That’s where following Jesus leads. Over and over in the gospels, that’s where he points people. The Sermon on the Mount is a picture of what a life of perfect faith looks like.