“What would it look like if we treated our spouses or friends the way we treat God? What if we gave them 10% of all our money, talked to them a lot on Sundays, told everyone we were dating or married to them, but in exchange, asked if we could do whatever we wanted on all the other days? How would that work for us? If we did a few good things for them during the week, would we be free to then sleep with whomever we want, not talk to them, and lie to others about it all? Of course not. Yet that’s what we do with God, and somehow we think he’s down with that.” -Jefferson Bethke, Jesus>Religion
There’s not much to expound on from this quote. Jefferson says it simply, that God isn’t looking for people who merely claim to love Him. He’s not looking for those who talk the talk of Christ, but don’t walk with Him everyday. Jesus is looking for radically committed followers, who are willing to forsake it all to follow Him. I think we’ve all been at the point where we simply say we’re Christians, go to church, and think that’s enough. Well, I’m here to tell you, that will never be enough. Now don’t get me wrong, salvation does NOT come from works. But if we’re not bearing fruit then there’s reason enough to question whether we’re actually His in the first place. We musn’t only believe He’s there and know about Him, but instead we must know Him. Actually know the Savior, and turn away from sin to follow Him. It’s not about following rigid rules and working our way to Him, it’s about Jesus and His love and giving up ALL to follow. Jesus is greater than trying to get to God. Jesus is what we truly need, not works to save us. Jesus is the one whom we should forsake all for, not because we have to work to get to Him, but because we have Him and we love Him and can’t imagine not living every single moment for the man that died for us.