What makes a Christ follower?
Here’s why I ask. For years we’ve learned we become a Christian the moment we say the prayer, hit the altar, raise our hand, fill out the card announcing that we believe Jesus is God and accept his sacrificial death as payment for our sins. We are accepting a free gift.
I still believe that our salvation is assured after that moment based on my understanding of Romans 10.
On the other hand, why did Jesus call the gate to eternal life “narrow?” Has the gate widened with the global popularity of the Christian faith?
Think about this: Judas Iscariot was a literal follower of Jesus. As in, he walked behind Jesus carrying the money bags. Judas also skimmed a bit off the top.
Writer Dante Alighieri sure thought
Judas wasn’t fit to enter the kingdom of God. In fact, he lists Judas alongside Brutus and Cassius at the center of Satan’s hellhole–three traitors, betrayers, murderers.
Was Judas a Christ follower?
Can you follow Jesus and steal along the way?
I think we’ve been guilty of stealing as we go. We traipse through life with this assurance of eternity in God’s favor, and we forget about the true “following” part. We’re coasting with Jesus, roaming a bit from side to side but still heading the same direction. Perhaps it’s not even that rosy an image. What if we accept Jesus saying, “He is God,” and then cease to let it change our lives further.
It’s like we knew where the “You are here” spot on the map was and we set up camp.
We didn’t let Jesus guide us at all. We just hovered around, kept what we wanted, and didn’t make the world better for anyone else, often living with habitual sin left unchanged.
We didn’t care for the poor.
We didn’t pray for those who persecuted us.
We didn’t clothe the naked.
We worried about tomorrow.
There’s something more to this. Maybe being on the inside of ministry has helped me see faith in Christ inspire people to do amazing things while it seemed others were circling the drain, leaving me to wonder “why is group one connecting with the divine while group two is drowning?”
Are we following Jesus?
Are we letting him transform us? Is this how it was meant to be?
Are we obeying him? Or are we in it for the ticket to heaven, letting sin/temptation line our pockets while we keep a safe distance from his glory?
As you can tell, I’ve got a lot of questions.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.
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