What makes a Christ follower?
Are we really interested in following Jesus? For years we 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 moment assures our salvation 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 following Jesus?
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 the image isn’t even that rosy. What if we accept Jesus saying, “He is God,” and then cease to let it change our lives further.
we Saw the “You are here” spot on the map, and we set up camp.
Did Jesus guide us at all? Not really. We just hovered around, kept what we wanted, and didn’t make the world better for anyone else. Oftentimes we lived 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.
Following Jesus consists of more than this. In my years of ministry, I have seen faith in Christ inspire people to do amazing things! Also, I witnessed 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? Was it meant to be like this?
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.