Soren Kierkegaard, the father of Christian existentialism, describes two types of Christians: those who imitate Jesus Christ and a second, much cheaper brand-those who are content to admire him.
From a book called The Importance of Being Foolish
(Learning to think like Christ)
By Brennan Manning
When I read this quote the truth of it really hit me. Do
I just admire Jesus or am I a true follower?
Then, I was reading a blog of some missionaries from Botswana, who were here (in the US) on sabbatical. Their impressions of the USA.
"It seems that there are so many people that are religious. I have met so many that are following a lot of other messages while holding the Bible, rather than the true messages of the Word." Andrew Jernigan
In Galatians 1:8-10, Paul writes, "Let God's curse fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other message than the one we told you about. Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. I will say it again: If anyone preaches any other gospel than the one you welcome, let God's curse fall upon that person. Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant." (NLT)
I don't want to just admire Jesus, I want to live in his shadow, walking so close to Him that I feel His presence. It made me think about my life, and I think I will be mulling it over for some time.
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