I have heard much good about David Platt, of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, so when a dear friend pulled out a copy of Follow Me, and encouraged me to read it and do a book review of it, I was excited, as I always love reviewing books that others have recommended!
As a Christian girl entering her twenties, the title “Follow Me” struck me as intensely interesting. Because that is what I want to do. I want to follow Christ whole-heartedly, wherever He takes me, and I want to do it with joy.
“And in dying, to live. To live in Jesus.”
From the very first page, Platt questions us as Christians. He asks hard questions that demand answers. Am I willing to die? Am I willing to give up my life, my dreams, my hopes, and use my gifts to live in Jesus?
Platt recounts the brutal deaths of Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Christ called to these humble fishermen, “Follow Me”, and they did. They willingly lost their lives proclaiming the everlasting life that Christ offers.
Are we willing to die for Christ?
“We have subtly and deceptively minimized the magnitude of what it means to follow him… We’ve taken the lifeblood out of Christianity and put Kool-Aid in its place so that it tastes better to the crowds, and the consequences are catastrophic.”
Platt is right. We have diminished “Follow Me” to repeating a prayer or walking down an aisle.
But that is not what Christ has called us to do: He has called us to lay our lives down at His feet and be changed into His image. Because if we are not changed people, we are not His people.
“Ultimately, our reason for living changes… We now want God’s glory more than we want our own lives. The more we glorify Him, the more we enjoy Him.”
Outside of Christ, we are unable to change. We are stuck in sin, and it is only by God’s Grace that we can ever live for something bigger and greater than ourselves.
That is what Platt is reminding us of: we were created for far more than ourselves. As Christians, God has commanded us to live for His Glory, and to enjoy Him fully.
What better way is there than to heed His Command, to Follow Me?
“If being a Christian is merely a matter of superficial religion, then no amount of persuasion will convince us that we need to step out of our comfort zones, alter our priorities, sacrifice our possessions, risk our reputations, and potentially even lose our lives to share Christ with others.”
In the end, that is what the call to Follow Me is all about. It is about those whom Christ has called choosing to step out in faith. It is about us being willing to, as David Livingston said, go anywhere, provided it is forward.
Because it really does not matter what the world thinks of us, as long as we obey the call to Follow Me.
“God will lead us to live in all kinds of different places in the world. Yet regardless of where we live, the task we have is the same.”
Overall, I found David Platt’s Follow Me to be an exceptional book that is convicting, encouraging, and filled with Biblical truths. Platt was clear that no matter where God has us, or where He will take us, our main purpose is to glorify Him, enjoy Him, and make disciples. I would give the book an “A”.
I would also recommend Tim Challies’ review of Follow Me, which can be found here.
Have you read the book? If so, what are your thoughts?