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“Elijah came near to all the people and said, ‘How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.’ But the people did not answer him a word.”
1 Kings 18:21

There are questions and then there are questions! Have you ever noticed when you ask someone a question that they don’t really want to answer how they can stutter and stammer, hem and haw, and after you walk away from the conversation you realize they really didn’t answer you?

The question that Elijah asked the people of the kingdom of Judah is a major issue for Christians today. The difference between spiritual victory and a powerful witness comes down to this issue—hesitating between complete surrender to Jesus Christ or living a compromised life.

How many times have you heard someone say, “If I had known what I was getting into, I never would have said yes.”

Many times, probably. And I’m sure you’ve said it yourself. We’ve all been there. That’s why it’s important to know the real deal before you make a commitment.

If you are going to do what’s necessary to follow Christ as His disciple, you need to know what He expects of you. You need to know the real deal.

The real deal is that you and I are called to follow Christ, period. Not to follow Christ if we know we’re going to have a roof over our heads. Not to follow Him as long as we know where our next meal is coming from. Not to follow Him on our own terms, when we’re ready.

The real deal is that being a disciple has to be such a priority that we commit ourselves to follow Jesus wherever He leads us and whatever He tells us to do. He wants us to follow Him because we love Him, not because we love what we might get from Him.

Discipleship love is obedient love! Don’t hesitate!

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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