There are lots of benefits to following Jesus! We have access to healing, supernatural power, prosperity, favor & lots more. As Americans who live in a consumer culture, it’s easy to fall prey to the deception that being a Christian revolves around getting ones needs met, full stop. While being a follower of Jesus certainly affords some perks, the reality of following Jesus is that we are to lay down our lives, love Jesus & love others, a very sacrificial lifestyle.
Let’s be careful that we don’t get seduced by ease & convenience at the expense of mature & committed!
There’s a homeless guy that hangs around my coffee shop & if you just took a quick look at him, you’d think that he’s insane. He looks kind of gruff, unshaven, sometimes not so clean & generally unkempt. As I get to know him, he’s less and less scary to me – in fact, I think he’s quite gentle and polite. Some people probably think that he needs to be committedsomewhere.
Perhaps committment is the solution to much of the insanity in which we live. Think about it:
a committed relationship with Jesus infuses our daily living, helping us to forgive, make right choices, think right thoughts, become more mature & effective and Jesus helps us love better & more everyday.
being committed to our job or school helps us to get a consistent paycheck or grades that are necessary ingredients for daily living & future success
being committed is another way of being planted: no roots = no fruit 🙂
Once upon a time, in an ancient & almost forgotten century, there was a movie called When Harry Met Sally. In the movie, there are these brief interviews with couples who have been married for eons. What has lingered in my memory from these interviews & from watching couples who are old & have been married since before time, is often the rich texture, the broad understanding & genuine respect that these relationships evidence. There’s something very alluring & appealing to seeing these long-term relationships. With all of this being said, I don’t really consider myself to be much of a romantic person (skip the roses, chocolate & I’m unable to muster the interest to endure watching Pride & Prejudice, no matter who the actors are). BUT, what I do like are the results from these long-term committments.
So here’s my point: the results we often crave in our lives (significance, love, fulfillment, intimacy, satisfaction, achievement, etc) are often nothing less than the consequences of committment, a word that is often disdained in our modern culture. Perhaps when Jesus talked about abiding in Him to bear much fruit / results, just maybe He was talking about being committed to Him in a deeply personal & daily relationship. Just a little food for thought ,)