Where are the promises of popularity?

When Jesus said “follow me and I will show you how to fish for people” where in that is it implied that riches, success and popularity were guaranteed, much less promised?

Think about it: Jesus was relatively new on the scene, humanly speaking. I doubt he was dressed for success or rode around in a jewel-covered chariot. So, what made him so attractive that they ultimately followed him to their own cruel deaths? Why would they follow if they had no idea where he was going?

The good news is we do know where Jesus was going and that he’s coming again.

Are we willing to follow Jesus to our death (it may be a physical death or simply a death to what we think is a good thing), or only as far as the padded church pews where we are more concerned with sitting next to the popular people?

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