Jesus told us that you would know His followers by the fruit they produce (Matt. 7:20). As I think of this, I picture so many who are enamored for one reason or another with Jesus, but when you look at their lives….well, you don’t see His influence. A few years ago, there was a t-shirt produced that was made popular in Hollywood that read, “Jesus is my home boy!”
I’m enamored with Jesus too but, according to the Word that’s not what Jesus is looking for in His followers.
In the book,”On the Verge”, written by Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson, I found this written about discipleship:
“So much is bound up here: not only the heart of Christian spirituality–that Jesus actually lives within His people–but that our lives lived in and through Him are also lives lived like His. We are imitators of Christ not merely His fan club! Our very authenticity as Christians is bound to our capacity to rightly represent our Lord; surely a life that fails to mirror Jesus’ own earthly resplendence is but a dim reflection of who we’re created to be.”
How many are just a part of His fan club rather than actual disciples?
The very basis of our spiritual authority is located in our willingness and ability to live lives like Jesus lived!
Think about that:
No imitation–No authority!
Those who emulate their Master are called disciples and they are the one’s who carry His authority! Matthew 10:25 states:
“It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.”
Enough? For what?
To carry the authority and power of God! Our lives are lived to glorify Him by being like Him. Anything less is not enough.
I’m a bottom line person – I have to know the goal or the trip doesn’t make sense to me. Once, early in my walk with Jesus, I asked the Lord what my destiny was. He responded to me with this scripture:
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Romans 8:29
Jesus doesn’t need fans who follow his tweets and his blogs but do not build their lives around His with the goal to be like Him.
Jesus must be more than your “home boy”, He must be your example and final authority in all you do!
As you celebrate Thanksgiving and move toward the Christmas season, set a new goal: to submit yourself to His authority. If you do, you will receive a gift during this season of giving that will turn your life completely around!