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?
Monday, November 03, 2008
Believe or Follow?
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I knew you would like that book. It's great isn't it?
Wow good "discussions" going on in your house!!!ReplyDelete
Believe or follow ~~ or believe and follow? Thanks for this post ~~ I love my thinking challenged
Have a Blessed week,
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!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Great things to ponder over. Thanks for challenging us to not only be hearers of the Word, but DOERS!ReplyDelete