I know this seems crazy, but after talking with a friend today I decided to let all of you know I’m not a Christian, I’m a Christ-follower!
Now I know some of you believe these are the same thing. They used to be. But in recent generations, people have put stipulations on what Christianity is and isn’t. People believe Christianity is a religion with rules and a set of do’s and don’ts. They believe you have to be perfect and sinless before you can join. This kind of thinking forces people who want to believe to change their mind. They don’t want to jump through a bunch of hoops to love Jesus!
Being a Christ-follower is knowing that I’m a broken, sinful, lonely, unworthy, unwanted, never gonna be perfect person who needs a loving, caring, omnipresent, holy savior who searches and waits for me daily to ask him to help me live my life. He is the potter of my life. He hugs all the broken pieces together. He forgives my sinful life and forgets about it with my repentance. He’s tells me I’m worthy, wanted, loved, favored, blessed; his princess. I am always, always welcomed at his table. I don’t have to jump through any hoops to be there. I just have to believe his is the Son of God, Accept Him into my heart and Confess that He is my Savior and live for him with His help.
I still get to be me! The one He created and knew He wanted to be here on this earth for a purpose, His purpose: to love Him with all my heart and to love others! Simple, right? Yeah, I think so too. My Christ-follower life is my relationship with God! It is different from yours. I’m not you and you’re not me. He created us different with different gifts and talents to love Him and reach others so they can know him too (purpose). There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV
You do this by just being you! That’s it. No hoops, no rules, no stipulations. Just love, his love. He will teach you how to love and live for him, just by being you. Listen for Him! He is close by waiting for you to call to him (talk/pray). He is always by your side, whether you follow him or not. He created you and you are His. He just wants to love you and for you to feel his love.
Don’t let Christianity scare you, be a Christ-follower and have a really cool relationship with God today! Find a church that loves Jesus and people more than they love rules and stipulations. Read The Bible and books that teach you who Jesus really is. And live the abundant life of love, joy, grace, mercy and peace with Him by your side. The life He created you for!
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 NIV