Here's A Question

Post date: Mar 13, 2014 9:36:06 PM

I was recently challenged by a conversation with a good friend. In a casual conversation he asked a very serious question: Is what you are doing forming you into the image of Christ? I have wrestled with this question for a few weeks and I now pass the question onto you. Is what you are doing forming you into the image of Christ? If the answer is “yes,” keep digging deep. If the answer is “no,” things need to change.

If things need to change, here are a few things that I hope you find helpful.

Find the Jesus of Scripture.

Jesus took people by surprise from the very beginning. He said shocking things. He hung out with shocking people. He performed shocking miracles. Jesus blew the preconceived notions of a Messiah out of the water. This is the Jesus we must find. The problem is … we often create Jesus in our own image. We picture a Jesus that likes the things we like and hates the things we hate. Yet, the last thing we need is more of us. We need most is more of Jesus.

We must follow the Jesus of Scripture.

What good is finding the Jesus of Scripture if we don’t follow him? It’s like being offered the world finest steak but opting to eat McDonalds. It doesn’t make sense. I love the scene found in John 6:60-71. A number of people had listened to Jesus teaching and remarked, “This is hard teaching. Who can accept it?” With this question they quickly packed their bags and headed home. They found the Jesus of Scripture and decided not to follow him. Jesus, upon seeing their departure, looked at the twelve disciples and asked, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Peter responded correctly, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

We must be faithful to the Jesus of Scripture.

You can’t be a part time disciple. You can’t come face to face with the Savior of the world and decide to follow him part time. Jesus’ words in Luke 9:23 put it succinctly, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

I pray for you often,

Pastor Jeff Gravens