Disclaimer: About This Blog
THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
What Does It Look Like To Follow Christ?
For most of my life I have assumed people knew I was a Christian. The first clue would be that I went to church. I also assumed the type of church I went to would give further evidence to the type of Christian I was. Yes, hopefully there were some other clues. I didn't swear, smoke, drink or dance, or hang out much with those that did. And, yes, hopefully there were some other positive clues as well...
But what if none of the above clues are really signs that I am following Christ?
To help answer this question, Imagine if your country closed down all the church buildings. What would it look like then to follow Christ? What does it look like to follow Christ in a country where there is no organized church to follow? What did it look like to follow Christ for the first disciples of Christ in the New Testament?
Here are some initial thoughts, in no particular order:
Loving God - Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. (Matt 22:37-38 NIV)
Loving Others - "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35 NIV)
Fruit of Spirit - it seems when the Spirit is at work in us certain fruit will grow out of Christ in us. Things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23)
Listening to His Voice and following it - to be a follower of Jesus, it just makes sense we should know His voice and follow it. "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" John 10:27 (NIV)
I suspect this could end up looking different for each of us. Are there any other big 'clues' that I'm missing? I'd love to hear your thoughts.