Following Jesus is an important relational aspect in the Sonship soteriology of Jesus. In effect, it is an admonition to those who have believed in the Son and have received eternal life from the Son to properly align their conduct in accord with their Sonship profession of Jesus. Those who have heard and recognized His voice (believed in Him) receive eternal life from Him and follow Him as sheep do a faithful shepherd that protects and cares for His sheep. “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out…. the sheep follow him, for they know his voice…. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jn 10:3, 4, 27).
Not all His sheep follow well. Some are more consistent than others. Jesus encouraged His disciples to follow Him wholly and offered additional incentive for those who serve Him. “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him” (Jn 12:26). Some sheep follow the Shepherd out of love and devotion to Him. The Father will reward those who do so. Others are conflicted by the world. To those who would be less diligent, Jesus warns, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:25).