In his new book, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live., David Platt has written another volume that is deliberately provocative. It’s a book that seeks to discomfort Christians for the good of the Kingdom and the good of their souls. Essentially, Platt argues that there’s a whole lot of us running around that think we’re Christians because we’ve “given our lives to Christ” or “accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord as Savior”, but in reality, we’ve deceived ourselves and are no different than (maybe worse than) unbelievers.
Platt writes, “With good intentions and sincere desires to reach as many people as possible for Jesus, we have subtly and deceptively minimized the magnitude of what it means to follow him. We’ve replaced challenging words from Christ with trite phrases in the church…Scores of people around the world culturally think that they are Christians when biblically they are not.”
What David Platt reminds us is true belief in Christ leaves us different. Transformed. True belief in Christ requires a change of heart that is evidenced through our lives. Repeating a prayer after someone “leading us to Christ” is worthless if we go right on being who we always have been.
The crux of Follow Me is that if we’re truly followers of Christ, then our primary, life altering call is the share the Gospel with those who do not know our Savior. Platt is careful to point out that we are saved by faith and not by works, but in the end our actions must follow our words.
Follow Me cut me to the quick because it forced me to think about my own life and actions. Do I walk the talk? Is my heart aligned with that of God? Can I say with unwavering certainty that I am a follower of Jesus? I think Platt’s intent is to force us to ask these questions and in that regard, the book is a success.
My one criticism of Follow Me is that like a sermon that should have ended 10 minutes ago, it drones on too long. Predictably, the book is about 225 pages so I suspect the publisher had a hand in it’s length; all Christian books seem about the same length these days. Unfortunately, David Platt’s message would have had more punch had it been presented in 100 pages. 2/3′s of the way through the book I found myself looking for something else to read.
In the end, I think Follow Me is an important book that should be read by Christians everywhere. It will force you to consider whether your life truly reflects the One you follow and ultimately, that’s a good thing.