Maybe I am being judgmental, but I can’t help but make the observation that there seems to be at least two types of Christians out there in the world. There seems to be those that have no problem proclaiming that they have found Jesus. Yet there are other Christians who are perhaps much less vocal but more active who clearly took that extra step to follow Jesus.
On one level it would seem awesome enough for folks to make that statement that they have found Jesus. But I am sometimes left wondering and asking, “Well now that you found Jesus, where will you go from there? What will you do?”
And I observe some who claim to have found Jesus, yet they do not love their neighbors– in fact they would prefer to build walls separating themselves from their neighbors, for example. I see people who claim to have found Jesus doing precisely the opposite of what Jesus himself would do, teach, or encourage us to do. I see so-called Christians preaching hate and violence against the LGBT community, or Muslims, or minorities, or non-Christians, or people who do not share their views, ideologies, or political leanings. I see so-called Christians not caring for the earth as good stewards. I see so-called Christians putting profits and self-interests ahead of caring for others and caring for their fellow human beings. The hypocrisy becomes so thick that it makes we wonder how on earth these people could have found Jesus when they really have yet to look beyond the edge of their own ego or nose.
But there are some Christians who have sincerely found Jesus and have felt spiritually awakened and now motivated– but they wonder where to go. They are unsure about how they could follow such a powerful and profound individual as Jesus Christ. How can anyone follow in the footsteps of such an impressive figure as Jesus?
A journey of many miles always begins with a single step and continues, one step at a time. They key to following Jesus is to pay close attention to his example and his teaching in the Gospels… but a very simple hint to all this, I have found, comes from the Boy Scouts (and probably the Girl Scouts as well). Do a Good Deed Daily.
Do unto others as you would want done unto you. Look out for each other. Lend a helping hand, open your heart to your neighbors, look for opportunities to be the difference you would like to see in the world. It is easier to spread some kindness and compassion than to try and deal with the aftermath of hatred and callousness. Christian should become a verb rather than a adjective to describe or label a person.
Be the difference and make the difference between simply finding Jesus… and following Jesus.