August 23, 2017

I’ve been thinking this week about following Jesus.  That may sound a bit elementary but I don’t think so because following Jesus is much more than answering a question saying “Yes, of course I follow Jesus.”

Following Jesus shows up in what we do, not just what we say.  Following Jesus is also more than doing good.  We think of the good words from John Wesley when he said:

“…do all the good you can, to all the people you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, as long as ever you can.”

That’s good stuff…but it’s not everything.  Following Jesus is more than that.  Following Jesus is becoming more like him, being a people who empty ourselves of anything that points to us.  All of our actions, words, influence is to point toward Jesus.  Easy?  No it’s not.  That’s pretty much why our walk of faith with Jesus is a process of becoming like him.

Practice is the order of the day.  It’s here where Wesley’s rule comes into play, it’s part of the practice that helps us become the followers who are striving to look more like Jesus.

Practice is part of the process, it’s the means, not the end.

Just some thoughts toward Sunday…

Peace and practice

Jim

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One thought on “August 23, 2017

  1. “Going on to perfection”. Even though many westerners Chafee at the term I think this is exactly what he was talking about. Thank you for the reminder.

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