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.