Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Are You a Follower, or Just a Believer?
As I am conducting a regular self-analysis of my life, I ponder several of life's questions: Are there other humans out there somewhere, in a world that we know not of? What is Heaven like? What happens when you die, do you go immediately to Heaven (or Hell), or do you "sleep" in the ground until Christ returns? And, now, a new question haunts me: Am I a believer, or a follower of Christ? I had never pondered this before, but suddenly it occurred to me...I have been a BELIEVER for a very long time...as far back as I can remember...all the way back to sunday school at that old Baptist church where I grew up. I had always BELIEVED in Jesus. I had always KNOWN what sacrifice he made for me and all of the human race. I had always ACCEPTED that Christ was the one true Son of God, that always existed (John 1:1). But had I always FOLLOWED Him? There is a huge difference between BELIEVING and FOLLOWING. For example, did satan BELIEVE in Christ, or FOLLOW Him? We all know the answer to that question, right? I mean, even the dark deceiver BELIEVES in God and Jesus. Does that make him right? Is BELIEVING in God and Jesus enough? I don't think so. I think that BELIEVING is the easy part. The real challenge is to OBEY and FOLLOW God, not just settle for BELIEVING...I'm afraid that too many of us so called "Christians" just settle for BELIEVING and think that we're ok. So you have to ask yourself, "if satan BELIEVES, but doesn't FOLLOW, is he assured a place in Heaven?" Of course he isn't. I think that I'm going to be more than a BELIEVER, I'm going to concentrate on being a FOLLOWER. What about you?