I recently watched the latest episode of the Chosen series.
The TV paints a vivid picture of the life of the disciples. Watching the portrayal of Jesus as He interacts with His disciples is fascinating. The part of the show that touches me most is how the disciples follow Christ and serve Him.
Jesus invited his disciples into the community through the command, “follow me.” Is “following” Christ different today than 25 years ago? Are we witnessing a shift in Christianity? A shift from following Christ to Christ following the believer. So rather than follow where Christ leads us, we ask Christ to bless our plans and fulfill our desires. I remember the day when believers sought to fulfill the desires of Jesus.
Are we following Christ?
Are today’s Christ’s followers seeking God only to receive blessings? Are we asking God to reveal His will or to bless our decisions? I remember the days when believers sought God for guidance. The biblical pattern is to accept Christ and separate from our former ways.
Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” (II Corinthians 6:17, NKJV)
Has separating ourselves from a sinful life become old-fashioned? As I write, I feel a little religious and out of touch. Has the Word of God become ineffective and out of date? The disciples were passionate followers of Christ, and we are called to follow Him in a like manner. The disciples followed Christ wholly and without wavering.
My old self was crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, NLT)
The church has learned to imitate Jesus but not submit to His choices. Jesus can only live through those who submit to his Word and his ways. How can we be called Christians if we don’t follow His Word? The modern church approves and allows things the Bible says to resist.
- lying tongue
- wicked schemes
- haughty eyes
How do we avoid the shortlist above? We resist the urges and put the deeds of our minds and body to death. Sounds weird. Not if you know the Bible.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13, ESV)
Remember, we are crucified with Christ, and the person you were before is dead. We are born again by the Spirit of God, and we live from the Spirit. It is the Spirit who puts the deeds of the body under submission to Jesus. (Colossians 3:3–5, NIV)
You died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry.(Colossians 3:3–5, NIV)
Many of today’s Christians are living in their strength. Today’s believers ask God to strengthen them. The Bible says that Christ is our strength. The flesh and the Spirit will war to rule the mind and the body. We can only live the Christian life by the power of the Spirit and surrender to the ways of God.
Believers follow the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, we follow Jesus from our hearts and spirits. The Christian does not mimic behavior but follows the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Genuine Christ’s followers have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit reminds us of the things that Jesus told the disciples.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, “He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things I said to you.” (John 14:26, NKJV)
The Spirit is doing the work here. Let’s take our own temperature, are we committed followers of Jesus?
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