Much talk about following Jesus I find amusing.
Most are referring to following their particular happy opinion of Christ, rather than following the actual Jesus Christ.
Happy Opinion of Jesus says that Jesus is just love and happy, man. Just love people and be happy. Mostly just be happy and hope someone feels loved while you are happy.
The real Jesus tends to say things that, quite frankly, I’ve never seen anyone actually do.
Including me. I’d like to, but quite honestly, He says so many impossible things, I fail to see how I’d be able to do it.
Take John 6:27 as a recent example I was thinking about.
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.“
Catch what He said there?
So, God says work and eat. Paul says work and eat. Jesus says don’t work for food.
Obviously, Jesus didn’t really mean this then, so oh well! Go back to being happy!
No, He meant something. Perhaps don’t work for perishable food means, only work for non-perishable food, like the McRib. Probably not.
The context shows that Jesus is lecturing people who were working very hard to keep up with Him. They got to eat free food from Him the day before, so they hunted Him down for more.
Right before John 6:27, don’t work for perishable food, Jesus says, “Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”
The work they were doing was following Jesus for temporal benefit. Jesus wants people to follow Him for spiritual benefit. Follow for faith and hearing His word, not for getting free food and free health care.
Why do you follow Jesus? Just want Him to make your dreams come true? Just want Him to heal your bum knee?
Or do you actually want to know Him?
Jesus has no time for people who do Christianity for temporal benefit. He wants those who live by faith, living for a better country to come, not for a comfy spot in this world.