The difference between now and then may be three seconds, three weeks, three months, three years, or three decades. The word “followers” indicates movement and action; these are disciples of Jesus, seekers of His kingdom, people moving in a spiritual trajectory instead of stagnant or wandering in circles. They may or may not be Christians. They’re simply on a journey towards Jesus. This brings up all sorts of questions for evaluating success. How was their relationship with Jesus a year ago? How is their relationship with Jesus today? What is the spiritual trajectory that they’re on, and where do they need to go next?
via the mayward blog.