Can I Follow Jesus Without Obeying Him?

The big thing for most of us who are Christians is not how much we know about God, but whether we are willing to obey Him

Are we willing to follow Jesus? Are we willing to obey?

That’s a huge question and the answer makes all the difference in the world.

In the course of my walk with Jesus I’ve been in season and out when it comes to obedience to His will. In the end we’re either following or we’re not, we’re either obeying or doing our own thing. Sometimes we trick ourselves into thinking that we can follow Jesus without actually obeying Him. When that happens we revert to being the lord of our own life, wearing the King’s crown as if we know better than Jesus! Of course, we’d never say that exactly… Our mouths would keep singing His praises. But what about our head and hands and feet, what are they up to?

Take a look at this cover for one of my songs… It’s a wise old owl wearing a crown.


That’s a good picture of us when we’ve stopped following Jesus, when we’re no longer obeying Him! We think we’ve got it all figured out, don’t we? Sitting out there on that tree limb self satisfied wearing our crown, doing our own thing, wise in our own eyes? Maybe someone even walks by and takes notice of how good we look wearing it! “Wow! You look GREAT in that crown!” And we believe it-kind of. (When I look at the owl on this song cover he looks a little nervous, like maybe deep down inside he knows he really shouldn’t be out there on that limb wearing that crown!)

How different this is to what following Jesus is all about… First of all, when we truly follow Jesus He is the only one wearing a crown! 

If we’re really following Jesus He is the Lord, not us. The idea that we can follow Him while we do our own thing is a lie. The thing that marked the life of Jesus is the fact that He was willing to do the Father’s will whatever it cost.

“Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll– I have come to do your will, my God.'” -Hebrews 10:7

We truly become His disciples when we follow His example- Everything else is just words.

Jesus says, “Come follow me”, and He actually means it.