Jesus Followers

There is a big difference between being a believer in Jesus and being a follower of Jesus. One is demonstrated by intellect and the other is demonstrated by action. The gospel is very clear that Jesus does not expect us just to think rightly about Him, but also to live rightly because of Him. To be a disciple of Christ is to actually do what He has called us to do. Are you a Jesus follower?
 
January 6, 2019     Jesus Says
We say, “Jesus says”, we say Jesus says ‘Pray this way.'” We say “Jesus says, ‘Do this.'” We say “Jesus says, ‘Don’t do this.'” We say Christianity is about doing what Jesus says.  But what if doing what we say Jesus says isn’t what Jesus says to do at all?
 
Jesus does say to “Come follow me.”  All he wants is for you to be a part of the Body of Christ.
 
Jesus says he will show us.  What?  How to become more like Him.
 
He will make us fishers of people. How do we do that?  By becoming more like Him we are better able to expand his ministry to others.
 
January 13, 2019   Uphill
Jesus offers forgiveness to a paralyzed person.  The person was expecting to be healed.  The people who brought him to Jesus were expecting him to be healed.  The legal experts were expecting to be healed.  Instead, Jesus offers forgiveness.
 
We also expect Jesus to heal.  Most of the names on the prayer list are prayers for healing.  We expect Jesus to heal.
 
Jesus asks, “Which one is easier, healing or forgiveness?”
 
Like the people in the story, we think healing is harder than forgiveness.  We need to take to heart Jesus’ question, “Which one is easier, healing or forgiveness?”
 
January 20, 2019  Is it for You?
Jesus again extends the invitation to follow.  This time to a tax collector, one of the more despised persons of the day.  Jesus was hanging out with many of these tax collectors and other sinners.  Naturally, Jesus is criticized for hangout out with such people.
 
Pious people say, “Change, then join us.”  Jesus says, “Join us, then you will change.”
 
Jesus says He didn’t for for the pious,  He came for the unpious, unreligious, unsanctified, and the unholy people.  Did Jesus come for you?
 
January 27, 2019    Sabbath
Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.

He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.
 
February 3, 2019   Stop Following
Sometimes we think we are not good enough, popular enough, rich enough, smart enough, charismatic enough for Jesus to call us.
 
These are not prerequisites to being called. From this group that Jesus calls, being a sinner is a prerequisite, being a doubter is a prerequisite, misbehaving is a prerequisite and maybe even an occasional disagreement with Christ is a prerequisite.
 
February 10, 2019   Dilemma
As followers of Jesus we will come to a point where we face a dilemma. Eventually we will have to decide to follow in Jesus’ way or take a different way.
 
On the Sea of Galilee the disciples ask themselves, “Who is this that the wind and sea obey?” You can almost hear the next question as it ripples across the water, “Do we also obey?”

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