If you got an Oscar for following Jesus, you’d get it because…
You followed Jesus even when it hurts (Matthew 5:11-12).
You loved your enemies (Matthew 5:44).
You stopped worrying about your life (Matthew 6:25).
You stopped judging others (Matthew 7:1).
You checked your heart…every day (Matthew 15:18-19).
You went to extreme measures to get rid of sin in your life (Matthew 18:8-9).
You served others (Matthew 20:26).
You loved Jesus with everything you’ve got (Matthew 22:37).
You loved your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39).
You took care of the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40).
You made new followers of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).
You gave up your life (Matthew 16:25).
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.