My buddy Joe has lent me a book that I'm already devouring & getting some good stuff out of - but there was a point that I had to laugh about because Ricky & I get into this "discussion" all the time. The topic - believe or follow? You might be thinking, HUH?
Ricky likes to quote the famous scripture of John 3:16 that says "...that whosoever believes in Me will not perish but have ever lasting life"......OK - I'm not debating that's not true. But the "discussion" (like how I put those in quotes? - its such a more pleasant way of making arguing sound good) comes in where I say you need to do more than just BELIEVE. I feel like it goes further - you have to FOLLOW Christ - make a life style change - learn about His teachings - follow where He will lead you. This books says it perfectly:
Jesus didn't go around asking people to "believe" in him...instead, he asked people to FOLLOW him. According to Jesus, being a Christian is not as much about believing or behaving correctly as it is about traveling with him.
LOVE THAT!!!! I mean, I can "believe" I'm healthy but if I dont FOLLOW any sort of healthy eating, or exercise, or live a life like I'm healthy - is it true then? Gotta put that belief into action! I feel like that's what God calls us to do!
After all - Jesus says MANY times in the Bible - FOLLOW ME!
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself & take up his cross daily & FOLLOW ME!"
Is your belief showing in your actions of Following Christ?