Are We Missing the Point of Being a Follower of Christ?

What an excellent question to ask ourselves as a Christian gut check. Are we missing the point of being a follower of Christ? When you open up scripture with your hands, your eyes skim through the text of the Gospels, and your mind is trying to figure out the important stuff in all of the interactions Jesus has with people, what do you see the point of being a follower of Christ is? You reflect on that for a moment.

I’ll tell you what I see.

I see a man who commanded His disciples to sacrifice of themselves, putting God above family, above even their own lives by halting everything they were doing to follow after Him.

I see a man who sought belief out of all who he encountered, beyond the fear or doubt of whatever present reality they were in, with the power of who He showed himself to be through His miracles.

I see a man who put people’s attention primarily on exemplifying genuine holiness, devoutness, and piety towards God through His teachings.

As I read through the Gospel of Mark the past few days that’s what I saw. An ultimate sacrificial faith in God promoted and acted upon. I would suggest to you the point of being a Christian is participating in something bigger than us and our desires. Jesus seems to put focus primarily on glorifying God with one another in our acts of obedience to Him and our selfless service of love to one another. I think when we are centrally focused on this, and not caught up in all of the things in life that we desire, it seems that’s how we find true peace and contentment in whatever circumstances life hands us.

I encourage you to reflect on and read through the Gospels again. Pay attention to what you see consistently conveyed in the verses. Think about what the main point is that’s being expressed. What did Jesus really emphasize to people so much during His lifetime? What was the point of being a follower of Christ?

Peace to all those who are in Christ.

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27 thoughts on “Are We Missing the Point of Being a Follower of Christ?

  1. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Paul of Tarsus in Romans 13:8-10 (ESV)

  2. BOOM! FIRE!
    Congratulations, on understanding this. I wish so many more could understand this basic thing.. Following Christ was never about more than the two greatest commandments, Loving God with all that you are, and loving your neighbor as you love yourself. Last year, I stated we have too many churchians. And while this is still true, something I foresaw when I was in the occult is also coming true: the wheels of time keep turning, and are returning us to an awakening.
    I see so many Christians that are finally reaching the dissatisfaction with the mediocrity of modern teaching on what Christ must have meant when He said things that were hard. I see many that feel the desire for the Spirit to teach again. And even more are starting to awaken to the things of the Spirit. I wish more would get to this point, where we return to the simplicity of the Gospel, and just become Love itself, mirroring our Father as Jesus did.

    I truly want to see the church wake up, get right, and start living like a community of people, instead of an elite socio-economic club. And it is on it’s way to be this. Until the Return of Christ for the Church, we still have time to show others how to be members of God’s Kingdom on this earth.

    ~Calanon

    • Hi Calanon. Thank you for your comment. I hope and pray it will be the case that more Christians will focus more on communing with one another and recognizing the sacrifice and selflessness that is the main purpose of being Christian as the commandments you brought up seem to allude to. I’m glad you understand this as well and that you do your part to help others understand too.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  3. Dear friend

    We have to follow the footprints of Jesus Christ and become living examples as He was. Therefore, it is necessary to surrender in God, not even 99% but 100% – if want a change in our own life. One of the pillars is to help the needy and poor people, to share with other people.

    Thanks for sharing, dear friend 🙂
    All the best in Him
    Didi

    • Hi Didi. Thank you for your comment. Absolutely true what you say. So much we can and need to be doing for those around us to truly reflect our commitment to following Christ.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  4. Wow, this was a short but powerful post. His word is a challenge to us, often exposing our hearts and thoughts but not because He wants to cause us to live in shame -as you said, He is seeking belief out of us, “beyond the fear or doubt of whatever present reality” we’re in. Glad I came across this! Blessings to you!

    • Hi Kendra. Thank you for your comment. It certainly is a challenge to us all, and one we can thankfully rise to through God and through all of us supporting each other. Glad you shared your thoughts.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

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