Are you a follower of Jesus?
Chances are pretty good that you blow that off as an insignificant question.
But the question is more in depth then if you have a “Jesus Fish” on the back of your car.
I’m not asking if you shop in the “Christian Section” at your local bookstore.
Here’s the point : many of us are quick to say, “yes I am a follower of Jesus,” but I’m not sure in our culture we really understand what we are saying.
When we use cultural comparisons, and we look at the commitment level of others around us we can feel like our relationship with Jesus is solid.
It’s easy for us to grade our relationship with Jesus on a curve, as long as we are more spiritual then the next guy we believe everything is fine. The Curve has been brought LOW!
Have you noticed that when we compare ourselves to others, we always tend to find someone a little worse than we are?
· I’m a better husband then…
· I’m a better father then…
We also think that it’s beneficial to use the religious ruler.
We point to all the religious rules and rituals as indicators that we must be a follower of Jesus.
· After all, If I wasn’t a follower of Jesus why would I go to church every weekend?
· If I wasn’t a follower of Jesus why would I faithfully give money to support the church?
· Why would I volunteer in the nursery if I wasn’t a follower of Jesus?
· Why would I listen to KLOVE, or KVNE if I wasn’t a follower of Jesus?
I’M NOT DOING ALL OF THAT FOR NOTHING!
There’s a lot of ways we try to justify ourselves- Denominational measurements, family heritage, Biblical knowledge…
HERE’S THE QUESTION- HOW DOES JESUS DEFINE WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW HIM?