Once a person comes to faith in Jesus through repentance and knows Jesus, the next step is for that new disciple to learn to FOLLOW Jesus as a believer. Following Jesus requires a few things to be successfully accomplished, but these are very important steps as a disciple begins to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
To FOLLOW Jesus means that a disciple must begin to learn the spiritual disciplines and see those start to take root in their life (to read/study the Bible, to pray and deepen their relationship with God, to learn to worship God and give Him value in their life, and to engage with “the family” (the church) as their support system). If the first step of knowing Jesus “brings a person to spiritual life,” then the step of FOLLOWING Jesus is the process of a new spiritual infant “growing up” in their faith.
To put "FOLLOWING Jesus” into simple terms, this step refers to many familiar “church programs like being involved in a study that helps an individual know what Jesus has asked us to do and helps them to FOLLOW His commands in their life. To attend a community group helps a disciple to live out those commands and to FOLLOW Jesus in the very tangible aspects of life. To “grow up” in our faith and mature in our relationship with Jesus, we must learn what Jesus has called us to and begin to make a habit of doing what He asks of us in our personal life.
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
1 John 2:3-6
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and FOLLOW me.”
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they FOLLOW me.”