Thursday, March 15, 2012

Following Jesus vs. Accepting Jesus

The concept of following evokes rich imagery—journey, process, adventure, and dependence. Accepting sounds like Jesus is put on our scales, and we decide his fate, like he is campaigning for our vote as he runs for Messiah. To accept Jesus does not call one to live as a disciple; it merely calls one to make a decision. Following calls for a series of decisions being made by the minute, keeping Jesus the focal point, refusing to look to the right or the left, increasing in likeness to his character and in closeness to his person.

- Bill Clem, Disciple: Getting Your Identity from Jesus
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3 comments:

Carol said...

We demonstrate His superior worth by actually following Him and no other.

Mike Barlotta said...

"To accept Jesus does not call one to live as a disciple; it merely calls one to make a decision."

great quote and great differentiation.

have you read the book and if so do you plan on doing a review?

MikeB

Jared said...

Mike,

I just finished the book the other day and I may write a review. However, I've got other books that were sent to me specifically for review, so I'll probably be getting to those first. It's actually refreshing to read a few books that I bought and don't come with the obligation of a review.

Jared