Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Why I'm a Follower of Jesus
by Erik Momsen
In this context I specifically do not use the word "Christian" because this word has lost its meaning among most people. It used to mean "little Christ" but now it just means someone who is not Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist or some other established religion. Large numbers of people especially in the West would call themselves Christians but do not follow Christ and do not know Him in their hearts and minds. Jesus speaks about those who will be with Him in heaven and also about false teachers when He says;
"By their fruit you will recognize them. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." Matthew 7:20-24
- "By their fruit you will recognize them."
You will know them by what they produce. Do they produce good attitudes, actions and relationships with people or are they harsh, unforgiving and out of control? These things do not make them Christians, because we find Muslims who are kind and gentle, but when we see "good fruit" in someone's life and they say they are a Christian, then we can know that Jesus is real in their lives.
- "Only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
Now we have a problem. What does the Father want? Perfect obedience? No, only Jesus came to do that. Sinless lives? No, only Jesus could do that. What does the Father want? He firstly wants us to love His Son with as much as we can give. When the Father introduces us to His Son He says; "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
This is the attitude the Father wants us to have toward Jesus. He wants us to be able to say, "Hey boet, this Jesus, is really the Son of God, I love Him better than my own brother. And the stuff He says really gets my blood pumping" (said with a heavy South African accent).
It is a little difficult for people with Northern European heritage to get to the heart of this love for Jesus. I can imagine Romans, Greeks and Turks just diving in and pouring their hearts out. They would either love or hate Him. Not the mild response that we sometimes give Him.
The second thing the Father wants is given a little earlier in Matthew 7:
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12)
As we love God, so we must love others. Simple to understand but an everyday challenge to accomplish.
- "I never knew you"
I cannot love someone I do not know face to face. Love from a distance is idol worship. It’s also a bit sick, like voyeurism. Jesus desires to have a face to face meeting with every person and then to go on a lifelong journey together where you get to know God better and you allow Him to get to know you. God might know about you, but do you let Him know you? Do you share your hopes and fears with Him and discover that He can make a world of difference? Jesus knows about every person on the earth, but not every person has allowed Jesus to get to know them.
- "everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice"
I like the term "practicing Christian" - it take practice to be a Christian.
Those who are not good at something need a lot of practice and those who are good practice all the time. Professional people and especially sportsmen practice all the time.
I have a set of golf clubs but that does not make me a golfer. I seldom if ever take them out. I very seldom think about golf and I know very little about golf. Golf is not in my heart and mind.
I'm starting to be a biker. I have a bike. Take it out at every opportunity. Buy the magazines. Look at bike shops and even dream about bits for my bike. My father-in law has a bike but he is not a biker. Biking is in my heart and mind but I'll not always be a biker. The day will come when I'll not be able to throw my leg over the saddle and my arms will not be able to control the 100 horses or more.
But I'll always be a follower of Jesus. He is in my heart and mind. From the time I met Him, at the age of ten I have though more about Him and His things than anything else.
- What’s the fruit of my life?
- Am I doing what the Father wants?
- Do I know Jesus but especially does He know me?
- Lets practice being Christians together!
Date Added: 2011-07-05
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