There are things Jesus said that caused some to stop following Him and here is an example:
“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39 (NLT)
This idea of radical following, was more than many were willing to bear. It is one thing to have a friendship with God, even a deep respect for Him, but to give up total control over your life, well that is going too far! We can be ok with following Christ from a distance, but to give Him TOTAL devotion sounds terrifying. Yet this is what God requires. Of course none of us do this perfectly, or continually, but it is what we should be aiming for, and here is the simple reason: Jesus always has our best interests in mind and He will never lead us in the wrong direction. The image we should keep in mind is sheep… Left on their own their poor vision and less than stellar instincts will inevitably lead them into danger, but a good shepherd will always lead them to where they will thrive. The sheep’s decision to trust is what makes the difference.
For you and me, by trusting and obeying Jesus, we will be in the best possible hands and this means we are free to discover our full, redemptive potential. Giving over the control of our lives to God, puts us in the most favorable place of discovering all we were created to be, and all we were created to do.
The choice is ours.