Good post by Mark Batterson.
...I've been reflecting on the simplicity of Jesus' invitation: follow me. That invitation is repeated twenty times in the gospels.
Jesus did not ask people to walk an aisle or recite a prayer or join a church. Not that there is anything wrong with walking an aisle, reciting a prayer, or joining a church. Jesus simply said: Follow Me. Two words. That's it. He invited people to do life with him. He invited people into his circle of trust if I can borrow the phrase from Meet the Parents. He invited people into an adventure.
Walking an aisle can be a spiritual milestone. Reciting a prayer can be a sacred ritual. And plugging into a church is part of our spiritual development.
But it's all about accepting the invitation Jesus extended: follow me.