*Are you correctly following Christ?

FOLLOWING CHRIST

Being a Christ follower means following Christ. Seems simple enough, but many people are missing the mark. Following Jesus means to die of yourself and commit your life to Him – your pursuits become His pursuits, and earthly desires are cast aside.

Over the last one hundred years or so, we have offended God. We have traded in discipleship for lesser church activities, evangelism for comfort, and working with the needy for building bigger and better buildings.

We have stood idly by as people created “another” gospel claiming God wants them to have the desire’s (wealth and material) of their hearts, as believers are being martyred and thrown in prison everyday, because of sharing their faith. This “name it, and claim it” perversion has drawn people to a gospel that cannot save.

We have watched cults go door to door in our communities sharing a false message that minimizes, removes, or distorts the deity of Jesus Christ. Their message will certainly take people to hell, but we watch from our windows scared to confront them because of a lack of biblical knowledge.

Countless Muslims have entire books of the Quran memorized, but today’s so-called Christian can only recite a few, if any, verses. Yet, radical Islam promotes death to the infidel (The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers), and Christians have taken the stance not to agitate or offend Muslims. Is introducing Jesus to a Muslim offensive or loving? Both.

What has happened to the Church?

In Jeremiah 2, God says, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals (promises to God), your following after Me in the wilderness…” He then says, “What injustice did your fathers find in Me, That they went far from Me And walked after emptiness and became empty?”

This is our dilemma. God remembers our devotion to Him, and craves this relationship, but we have left Him for emptiness. This emptiness, our vanity, has placed a wedge between us and Him. We have traded the truth for a lie.

What is the answer? It is simply to fall in love with Jesus and follow His commands. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will follow my commandments.” The answer is to study the scripture and believe what it says rather than trying twist scripture to fit our wants.

Following Christ often leads to persecution and uncomfortable situations, but our treasures are not here, they are in Heaven (Matt 6:20). This is because, as Charles Spurgeon says, we are “sharing a great deal of disagreeable truth.” This disagreeable truth is the unfiltered Gospel. It is repent and believe (commit to) in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As scripture says, we are temporary travelers on this planet, upon placing our faith in Christ, and our persecution and discomfort should be counted as blessings (Matt 5:10-12).

It is time to knock off the dust of complacency and self serving mentalities, and start moving towards God and His pursuits. Stand bold for Christ and preach Jesus.

For Christ,
Stephen

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