Christ Follower

I am absolutely fascinated by, if not obsessed with, the person of Jesus Christ. For some people you may think this is completely normal for me to say such a thing. For others, this sounds like utter insanity. Either way, it is the truth. I love reading about, thinking about, praying to and discussing the person of Jesus. If you’ve never read through and thought about all four Gospels, I would challenge you to take time to read about the person and work of Jesus. There are some shocking things that he says and does that challenge even the most faithful of followers. Here are just a couple of examples:

  • “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37
  • “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51
  • “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25
  • “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
  • “In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”” John 3:3

But even in this obsession, Christ challenges me more by what he says in John 13 than anything he says above. This is how the Gospel of John records Jesus’ words after he takes the form of a servant by washing the disciples’ feet: “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:12–17 NIV)

Why does this challenge me more than Jesus saying I should love him more than my family? Because devotion to and love for Christ is one thing, but the fact that he says I, too, must be a servant of others is extremely difficult for me to follow. Did you notice that all of the ways I listed above that I’m obsessed with Christ dealt with the space between my ears. Truthfully, my devotion often times never makes it past my head into my hands and feet. I’ve found that I have very little trouble thinking about, reading about, and discussing Jesus. Where I have trouble is following him. So maybe my obsession is often less about following the person of Christ and is more about mental exercise. And the truth is, Christ will not allow me to stay there with him. He will not allow me to simply think about him. He calls me to follow him. He simply says, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

This weekend at Harris Creek we are going to be discussing one of our 5 Core Values at Harris Creek, which is being “Christ Centered.” The danger in looking at this core value for us who already call him “Master” will be to think that we are already “centered upon Christ.” But I challenge you this week to examine your life. Are we following Christ in both word and deed? Are we willing to look foolish to the world if it means closer communion with Christ? Are we truly serving those around us, or do we only do this when it is convenient? Think on these things as we head towards this weekend and discuss Paul’s obsession with Christ in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.

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