follow Jesus – #002

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

One of Paul’s famous quote, and it was referring to his practice.

If we are to compare our world of Christianity today to that of Paul’s time recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, we definitely have a lot more Christian academics, theological constructs, plus a long list of denominational interpretations.

 

Bible School graduates have the tendency to follow professors, while the Charismatic may be easily accused of “personality cult”.

Lest we forget, Jesus had 12 Apostles not 12 denominations, and the world wonders why Christians have such variations and sectarianism. Was God ever impressed with our diversities of thoughts?

Depends……. Depends what are our main concerns, depend what are we protecting, depends what we consider to be of importance.

 

The most recent major issue which had shaken major Christian denominations across the world had to be the U.S same sex marriage ruling and its impact on Christians across the world today.

It is very unfortunate one denomination after another had fallen to accept practicing same-sex relationship and marginalizing it’s “sin nature”, while we still have the words and teachings of Jesus and the Apostles against it. Why would anyone choose to disagree with Jesus and Paul?

Where is our sense of guilt?

What happened to our desire for repentance?

Do we not fear God?

That most frequently asked question – “why and how did Christians turn back to sins, willful sinning and refusal to repent? What was it that makes churches and denominations stands or falls?

 

“Spiritual Discipline”

 

The majority of Christians are familiar with the “judgement” and “result “of sin, but how many are aware of the “process” of sin?

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:15)

Christians who falls backward to practicing homosexuality, they don’t wake up one morning and suddenly decided they will become one. That sin had been conceived as an idea within them, nurtured and eventually put into practice. That’s the whole “process” which moves people further and further away from Jesus. People begin to love Jesus lesser and lesser till there is no more love and passion for Jesus.

The opposite is true – how do Christians becomes saints in history, they conceived the desire and intention to be one and they nurtured that dream and vision of being true disciples of Jesus. They put into practice what Jesus said. They keep their passion for loving Jesus. They kindle that fire of love towards Jesus every day. They watch their steps walking in the fear of the Lord.

 

Spiritual Discipline – an age old lesson we must never forget.

Spiritual Discipline – our basics of being a follower of Jesus.

Spiritual Discipline – our daily bread and our spiritual provision.

Spiritual Discipline –makes us Christians stand firm in our faith.

 

Down the history of Christianity, there were churches that “disappeared”.

That Seven Letters to the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelations had many scholars arguing over it again and again. Due to an important fact these churches do not exist among us today, and people wondered if these churches were even there in the first place.

Fact is there were there but no more. Many questions remain as to what happened to the people who used to be part of those churches.

Those warnings of Jesus as recorded by the Apostle John, gave us the clue why and how they could have “disappeared” from history.

The most likely cause of their “disappearance” was negligence in commitment to Jesus and lack of spiritual discipline.

 

Looking for positive example in the history of Christianity from the days of Acts of the Apostles till today, there is one group among us Christians that has survived the longest – the Roman Catholic.

For all that’s been said and done, regardless of differences and dispute about doctrines, controversies and policies, it is very clear what was it that the Roman Catholic have which help them stand firm – spiritual discipline.

Among all the denominations across the world and in history, the Roman Catholic actually have the most organized, structured and enforced spiritual discipline, if we are to consider the positive contribution of their continuity.

 

Bible Reading is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that? To be fair, it’s not entirely true Catholics don’t read their Bible, they do.

Bible Study is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often we practice that?

Prayer is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

Exercise of Faith in our prayer is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

Confession of Faith in our speech is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

Fellowship among the Saints is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

Testify and Witness for Jesus is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

Turing away from Sin is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

Confessing of our Sin is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

Holiness is a form of Spiritual Discipline – how often do we practice that?

 

God help us, we need to return to our pure and simple Christian root – Spiritual Discipline.

Spiritual Discipline – the way Jesus did it, the way Paul practiced it.

When denominational leaders and Christian theologians redefine sins and altered our basic need to trust and obey Jesus, we are turning away from the kingdom of God.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Paul was on a journey of following Jesus and we need to do the same.

 

Since that journey to Damascus in Acts Chapter 9, Paul had been following Jesus. Likewise we need to continue our journey of faith with Jesus.

That Jesus, whom Paul preached and followed, is the same Jesus who taught us to turn away from sin.

That Jesus, whom Paul preached and followed, is the same Jesus who taught us to pray to God our heavenly Father.

That Jesus, whom Paul preached and followed, is the same Jesus who taught us to walk with God in obedience to the will of the Father.

That Jesus, whom Paul preached and followed, is the same Jesus who taught us to enter the kingdom of God via Him.

 

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