The fourth group we will consider are the disciples of Jesus. In John 6, some of the followers of Jesus wanted to turn away from Him once they learned of the demands He placed on them. He said in vs. 53, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” Jesus was saying metaphorically that if they wanted to be His disciples, they must partake of Him fully and follow Him completely. But they misunderstood Him by thinking that He spoke literally of His flesh and blood. For this reason, John 6:66 says, “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
Before someone becomes a Christian, they must count the cost (Luke 14:28-30; Matthew 6:33; Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:1-2; 2 John 9). A Christian may have to endure persecution or ridicule from a lot of sources in order to serve the Lord (2 Timothy 3:12). A Christian may also have to undergo many physical trials which are natural to life (Matthew 13:21).
All of these may pull the Christian away from the Lord. Jesus said,“No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). If we turn back from the Lord, we cannot be saved. The theory of “once saved, always saved” is not found in the Bible (2 Peter 2:20-22). As Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Will you follow the Lord and be faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10)? Will you have the fortitude be strong and follow the Lord? What will YOU do with Jesus?