Monday, November 03, 2008

Believe or Follow?

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?


  1. Good point!

    I knew you would like that book. It's great isn't it?

  2. Wow good "discussions" going on in your house!!!

    Believe or follow ~~ or believe and follow? Thanks for this post ~~ I love my thinking challenged

    Have a Blessed week,

  3. I definitely carefully consider my actions on a daily basis to make sure they are a reflection of who my life belongs to. It's not always perfect, but I try try try!

  4. Amen sister! I am working on my daily walk with God. I am following there's no doubt about that. I'll have to admit I'm more than a few steps behind.

  5. Great point!!! Thanks for the reminder...we all need to hear this every once in a while to remind us to not only believe but to FOLLOW!

  6. Great things to ponder over. Thanks for challenging us to not only be hearers of the Word, but DOERS!


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