6 Reasons Why People Don’t Follow Jesus

One of the most frequent sayings of Jesus Christ was these 3 words “Come follow me.” Some, like Peter and John, left everything and followed Jesus. Others didn’t, even when individually asked.

Here’s some reasons why people decided not to follow Jesus when He was on earth, and reasons why people still decide to not follow Him today.

  1. They were looking in the wrong place (like Twitter :))
  2. They only followed for the food and the miracles (Matthew 14:13)
  3. The price is considered too high – “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
  4. They prefer their wealth and comforts of life – “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”Mark 10:21
  5. They didn’t understand Jesus’ teachings – “Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?…66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more”  John 6:60 & 66
  6. They didn’t realise who Jesus was and that He has what they are seeking for; that He offered eternal life –“But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” John 6:68 – 69

For me, I don’t understand why people choose a life without Jesus Christ, yet many do choose this.

Can you think of other reasons people choose not to follow Jesus? Share them in the comments below.

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9 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why People Don’t Follow Jesus

  1. …and a lot of people are too scared to follow Him because of what they think they have to give up in order to do it. What they don’t realise is that by the time you do give up that “stuff” you want to do it because He has so much better for you.

    It’s hard to explain that to some people though.

  2. I think one of the big ones in Western culture is that people think they know the gospel when they really don’t. So you talk about Jesus and they have their preconcieved ideas about what it means to follow him. They think, “I already follow the ‘rules’ or am a good person so I must be following Jesus already!” It’s like the rich young ruler, he already obeyed all the commandments, he was ticking the boxes. But life following Jesus is an awful lot more than just “ticking boxes” – it’s about a future and a hope and a relationship with a Saviour who loves them. It’d be good if we communicated this kind of difference in our own lives as followers.

  3. Some people just don’t believe in Christ in the first place and yet they give to the poor, raise their families to have good morals and do the right things by others. All that without expecting a payoff in the end. Now they are the true followers even if they aren’t believers.

    • I agree with you Colleen. I see non believers living a more “Christian” like life than some believers I know & it breaks my heart when these “Christians” don’t even realize the bad example they are making.
      Perhaps the question is what makes a Christian? But I think that is a more complicated answer than some might want to perceive.

      • I’m so thankful that Jesus judges us and our “Christian-ness” with the mercy, grace, understanding and forgiveness of one who has experienced everything we face, and loves us so much that He gave everything to have a relationship with us. He’s not a God who doesn’t understand. Love that!

        When I get disappointed in other believers behaviour Jesus reminds me of MY journey and how I need to show the same grace to others as He does because I’ve still got plenty to learn. I’m sure I also disappoint others when they see the “still to learn and apply” gaps in my life lol

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