I was once one of the believers that thought God pretty much lived at church; only stepping out to fix some heathens.
There is another group that does stuff in the name of Jesus too. They have decided that Jesus would do x, y or z, and they act on it. Some days I think that anyone that feeds the poor, or gets someone else to do it appears to be a Christian.Is that it, just be nice and feed poor folks?
Another group has decided that Christians must act like this or that, follow these rules while overlooking those ones. Then you have the grace and freedom group where you can do pretty much anything you want as long as you have faith.
How can they all be right?
So much time is spent in debate, acting religious, finding fault with the other side, that we now have a pile of denominations, movements and labels. The newest one the sort of irks me is, "Jesus follower."
How do you know you are following Jesus? Are you just because you say you are?
Did you know that you can't follow Jesus by faith? There were lots of folks that had faith in Him while He was feeding the 5,000 men and their families, while he was rebuking the Pharisees and raising stinky corpses from the dead. Even Thomas was there for the Lazarus event. Our faith needs to be in that which is not seen, some actions we derived from reading the Bible.
We become children of God, not by following a teaching, but by having faith in the finished work of Christ. We can try to impersonate Jesus, but that is not salvation. In fact if we are truly going to act like Jesus and follow in his footsteps, then most of us need to make some changes. For example: we need to spit in the dirt and use it to heal the sick, we need to command the power of God that is able to knock down bunch of temple guards, and we'll need to feed at least 5.000 hungry men and their families with a few fish and some bread, just to name a few. That is what impersonators would do.
We are not called to do the exact things that Jesus did. If we are going to be like him, we must know what the Father is doing, and do it. That's the key. It is doing what the Father is doing, not impersonating Jesus. And because the sheep know his voice, they can hear the instructions from On High.
I just know too many Christians that don't know how to hear from God and many have never even been taught. In a way it is sad. You have all these folks that probably would do exactly what the Lord says, and because it takes regeneration, and is not always a logical path, it does't happen like we think it is going to.
Jesus even told us that the Kingdom was not just talk. He didn't say that the Kingdom was love either. John said that God is love. We are supposed to be out there doing what that Father is doing. What is that?
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
You don't need any credit -
The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
The Kingdom of God is power, not talk.
Acts 28:8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.
Jesus had many parables about the Kingdom of God, the very one that he said "was at hand."
How about you, are you really living in the Kingdom of God?