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The Challenge to Follow Jesus

Seriously....what whould he do? I´ll tell youWhen you say, “Lord I will follow you,” do you really mean it? Is following Christ merely trusting in God, living our lives as “good” people, or does it entail something far greater?

To follow Christ is to follow God:

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19).

To follow Christ’s words is to follow God’s command:

Jesus said, “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it” (John 12:49).

How can we call Jesus our Lord and not obey Him?:

Jesus said, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

How then, can we say we are Christ’s ambassadors if we aren’t living and following out Christ’s words and actions?

I’m currently reading In His Steps and in the book, the pastor asks this of his congregation:

“I want volunteers…who will pledge themselves, earnestly and honestly…not to do anything without first asking the question, ‘What would Jesus do?’ And after asking that question, each one will follow Jesus as exactly as he knows how, no matter what the result may be.”

“Our aim will be to act just as He [Jesus] would if He was in our places, regardless of immediate results. In other words, we propose to follow Jesus’ steps as closely and as literally as we believe He taught His disciples to do.”

I challenge all of us, including myself, with the pledge above. For a day, perhaps even today, starting now, let’s all ask ourselves “What would Jesus do?” before doing, and the real challenge, saying anything. Then, having the answer to this question, let us do the correct and Godly action.

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples’” (John 8:31).

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