I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

  • Feb. 24, 2018
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. For years, I sang the song “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” I sang it as a simple and sincere declaration of faith. But when I learned the lyrics were the last words of a martyr first who watched as, first his children, and then his wife, were killed before him ... suddenly, that song meant much more. The lyrics are a powerful declaration to suffer and die with Jesus. The Apostle Paul put it this way, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things… That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Oh friend, what’s true for martyrs, is true for us. Every minute of my life, every ounce of what little strength I have as a quadriplegic, must be surrendered to Jesus. And the same is true for you, too, friend. Because for those of us who love Him, there is no turning back. Today, I pray you have decided to follow Jesus.

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

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