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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Why I Follow Jesus

What is the main reason you follow Jesus? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1499).


I'm still a maturing Christian, so my answer could change over time. I know what the "right" answer probably is – that Jesus died for me as the Son of God to redeem me from my sins. But the question is "what is the main reason you follow Jesus?" The answer for me is quite clear – there stands no better option. When you list all that one could commit one's life to, nothing promises to be so steady and reliable as the disciplines of love demonstrated by Christ.  His disciplines have implications for human relationships, for the way we approach and manage the material world, for the compassionate objectivity that effectively co-joins creativity with exploration and formulation of facts, for a sense of purpose and meaningfulness that can redeem negativity and death, for a sense of accountability worthy of effort, hopes and dreams. Christ's love is the essential unifier of all phenomena great and small – indeed that dares to raise the question: is anything "small"? That's why I follow Christ, for there is no other tenable option during this brief passage here that gives even a modicum of the Way's cogency and power to dispel lethargy and to create worlds of redemptive energy.

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