"We cannot assume that we are living a life of genuine submission to God simply because we do what God says when we are in agreement. The real test of submission is when we disagree, when we don't like what God has said because it goes contrary to our personal interests or desires. If we find ourselves unwilling to submit to truth in those cases, then we are living by truth not because we agree with God, but because God agrees with us."
It is easy to follow Jesus when we agree with what He says. Many people who claim to be Christians follow the morality of Jesus, but they do not take the risks that God has asked them to make. Living a moral life is not following Jesus. There are many people in the world who live moral lives, but are not Christians. We can agree with what Jesus has said, but that doesn't make us His followers.
To be a follower of Jesus requires a submission to His will. It is not just about living a moral life and agreeing with His teachings, but it is about doing His will even when it makes no sense to us. Faith is not demonstrated merely when we do the things God has commanded us to do that makes sense to us, but doing those things God has said that makes absolutely no sense. Through this type of living we learn to trust God more than we trust ourselves.
As they were walking along someone said to Jesus, "I will follow you no matter where you go.
"But Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but I, the Son of Man, have no home of my own, not even a place to lay my head."
He said to another person, "Come, be my disciple."
The man agreed, but he said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father."
Jesus replied, "Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead. Your duty is to go and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God."
Another said, "Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family."
But Jesus told him, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of the God." (Luke 9:57-62; NLT)
There were many people who wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus reminded them what was expected of them. It wasn't just about following Jesus, witnessing miracles, listening to His teachings, and being part of a spiritual group. To follow Jesus meant to give up everything and do God's will. It is at this point that separates the followers of Jesus from the fans of Jesus. It is the difference between merely believing and faith.
To really have faith in Jesus means that we do the things that don't make sense to us. In no longer about our safety and dreams, but rather it is about doing God's will. When we learn to trust Jesus even when we don't understand the reasons or when we don't agree with God that is what faith is all about. That is when we are truly following Jesus.