What does it mean to follow Jesus? That was a question I asked last week and hope to address it here and now.
Lately I’ve been reading One. Life by Scot Mcknight. In it he says “A Christian, then, is one who follows Jesus, devotes his or her One. Life to the kingdom vision, and uses his or her imagination to see what God can do in this world. This imagination is nothing other than kingdom imagination shaped by Jesus’ parables”.
The parables by and large show us what it means to follow Jesus and to be a Christian. They show us how to be kingdom people. In them we see when people find a very valuable pearl the who found it sold everything they owned and bought that pearl. In another parable the servants of a land owner planted seed to grow wheat, but an enemy planted seeds of weeds. When the weeds were discovered the servants wanted to uproot them. But the master wouldn’t allow it, because the wheat would be uprooted as well. Mckight thinks the reason was kingdom people and non-kingdom people were intended to live together in harmony. These are just two examples, but all of the parables give some insight into what it means to follow Jesus.
All four of the Gospel accounts give great insight into following Jesus. In John’s gospel when John the Baptist told two of his followers Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God and they followed Him. When Jesus saw them they went home with Him and spent the rest of the day with Him. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke when Jesus saw Peter and Andrew, and James and John, He invited them to follow Him. They left all they had and followed Him. They spent three years with Jesus eating together, listening to Him, traveling with Him, etc etc. He taught them so many things, the basic elements of faith(especially Matthew chapters 5 through 7). He taught them how to live faithfully before God. He taught them how to treat people.
All of the epistles shed light into following Jesus also. Especially the epistles of Peter, James, and John. They teach on being humble, respectful, and loving.
How do we learn to be followers of Jesus? We should start with reading the four gospel accounts. We should follow the basics of the faith. We should read and study books about the Jesus’ life. Some of my favorites are The Jesus Style by Gaylin Erwin; No Wonder They Call Him The Savior by Max Lucado; and Six Hours One Friday by Lucado. We should study the basics and read study books on them like Living God’s Love by Earl Lavander and Gary Holloway and Prayer: The Voice of Faith by Charles Hodge.
Most important we should always be reading our Bibles and doing the basics as best we can.
This post obviously doesn’t exhaust what it means to be a follower of Jesus. These are just a few of my thoughts. This is all I can think of at this moment. If you have any thoughts on what I have said or you want to add your own please put your thoughts on the comments page. Thoughts, comments, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.