“Why do you follow Jesus?” May 19

 

Why Do You Follow Jesus? - Recently I heard of someone who said he was willing to come to church to "see what God has to offer him." That's understandable for an unbeliever who is just beginning to explore the claims of Christ. But sadly, many professing believers seem to follow Him for much the same reason.Recently I heard of someone who said he was willing to come to church to “see what God has to offer him.” That’s understandable for an unbeliever who is just beginning to explore the claims of Christ. But sadly, many professing believers seem to follow Him for much the same reason.

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 9 & 10
Psalm 65.1-8
Proverbs 16.20-21
John 6.1-21

 

Why do you follow Jesus?

 

John 6.1-21:

What’s in it for Me?

 

Verse 2, “Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.”

They didn’t follow Him because they saw their need for spiritual change, but for what He could do for them. Sadly, that hasn’t changed for many people.

God does bless those who love Him, but that should never be our primary motive for serving Him. We are to live our lives to please God out of our desire to bring glory and honor to His name, not with a what’s-in-it-for-me attitude.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

2 Samuel 9 & 10:

Don’t Be Unequally Yoked

 

Chapters 9 & 10 give us a glimpse of David’s heart—first as he showed kindness to Mephibosheth as a way of honoring his covenant with Jonathan and in chapter 10 as he sent representatives to comfort Hanun at the time of his father’s death.

Sadly, David’s gesture toward Hanun was not only rejected, but met with ridicule by Hanun when he shamed and humiliated David’s ambassadors. Should we be surprised when our gestures of peace and kindness are met with rejection? Those in the world often find it hard to believe we don’t have ulterior motives, because of what’s in their own hearts. 

But this is also a reminder that we can’t “make friends” with the world.

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6.14).

We are to love them biblically, pray for them, and share God’s truth, but not be “yoked together” with them. This means dating, marriage, partnerships, and other close associations, especially those that require agreement on decisions, seeking advice, etc.

Nowhere is this truer than in our choice of a spouse. Paul said if you’re single you’re free to marry but only “in the Lord” (1 Cor. 7.39).

However, if you’re already married to an unbeliever, you’re not to divorce him or her. You’re to live for Christ and allow your godly behavior to be all the more evident (1 Cor. 7.12-14;1 Pet. 3.1-2).

 

Psalm 65.1-8:

Hallowed be His Name

 

 

This song of praise honors God both for spiritual and natural blessings. It’s a great reminder that our prayers should not just be those of supplication, but of praise and worship for His goodness. When the Lord was asked by the disciples, “Teach us to pray …,” He began by saying, “When you pray, say. ‘Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name …'” (Lk. 11), reminding them to start with worship.

 

"Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he." Proverbs 16.20

 

Proverbs 16.20-21:

The Source of True Happiness

 

Verse 20, “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.”

True happiness comes from applying God’s wisdom to the affairs of life and trusting in Him.

 

journalWhat about you? Questions to ponder or journal:

Why do you follow Christ? Is it for what He can do for you or out of genuine love and appreciation for His grace?

Blessings,
Donna


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8 thoughts on ““Why do you follow Jesus?” May 19

  1. Great question, Why do I follow Jesus. I think a journal question, but If I were to write down and answer right now, it would be this.

    I follow Jesus because I love hanging out with him. I love being in a relationship with him. His ways are so much better than mine. I need someone more powerful, wiser, more trustworthy than me. I am never alone. Okay, so the salvation part isn’t too bad either.

  2. Hi Donna…I think we can certainly get caught in the place where we want something from Jesus, even more than we want to simply worship Him for who He is. I think going through hardship has taught me that no matter what – good or bad – God is the surest foundation I have. He is my all in all! Glad to visit from the Grace & Truth link up.

  3. Great topic of discussion, why do you follow Jesus?
    I follow Jesus because He IS Lord of all, He IS the Son of God; He died for my sins, because of my sins, He hung on that cross, the very least I can do is live for Him.
    Visiting you today from The Modest Mom link up

  4. I became a Christian at 11. I was overwhelmed by what He’d done for me. I was always trying to please Him and not realizing that He just loved me anyway. I prayed for healing because I knew He was the healer. I would hope we would all want what He’s want to give us after the price He paid and just love Him for it. Like the song says, where could I go but to te Lord?

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