I wonder if there is sometimes differences between simply following Jesus and following Christianity?
I suspect for many Christians there is overlap. I struggle with this post as I don't want to sound judgmental. I suspect many people follow Jesus as they follow Christianity. I used to be one of them. I don't believe any of us have it all figured out, there is a lot of mystery in this to me, and I believe God's grace is sufficient.
But as I try to sort out what it means for me to simply follow Jesus I am considering some possible distinctions.
|Following Christianity||Following Christ|
|serving God typically means serving in some church program or Christian organization||serving God will mean serving wherever and whenever God directs, it may look different for each of us|
|is concerned with understanding and agreeing to beliefs about God and Jesus||is concerned with getting to know Christ personally and following Him|
|is concerned with fitting in by conforming to how other Christians live and/or how they want us to live||is concerned with conforming to the image of Christ|
|is concerned with making more converts to Christianity and members of a church||is concerned with introducing people to Christ|
|involves following some other people who have placed themselves in positions between you and God, claiming some authority over you||involves following Christ personally, and includes some mutual relationships with other Christ followers that build each other up to become more like Christ|
|includes sectarianism and divisiveness as there are so many different brands of Christianity - so many different groups to follow||recognizes that all who follow Christ are Christ followers|
|is submitting to something managed by men||is submitting to God.|
It is often OK to follow the example and teachings of other Christians, but I think this warning may sometimes apply to us today:
"Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees" (Matt 16:6)
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
I am finding a new freedom as I simply want to follow Jesus.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.