“Being A Follower of Christ”
By Don Case
There are three key elements that are critical in learning to follow Jesus the first step is getting to know Him. This takes a personal relationship, the knowledge of who He is, and understanding His motives and what makes Him do the things He has done. Getting to know Him on a personal basis is available by reading about Him and from pray. As we start praying we can ask His help in understanding.
Let Jesus Change Our Heart
It is a mistake to think that Christianity is just about following some creed or set of rules and regulations. It is about letting Jesus change what we are, how we think will change us from the inside out. Spending more time with Jesus starts changing us to a more personal and intimate level. We begin to take on His values, His priorities, His way of thinking. We start to act and talk like Him, it changes who we are. We can become close to Him and let Him change us or we can move farther away and not listen to our heart. We can surrender to having Him leading our lives, which is not always comfortable but it will be very rewarding.
The Christian faith is not just a set of mental disciplines or beliefs.
It is a lifestyle of doing the type of works that Jesus did, we must be willing to do the things Christ did. Jesus had compassion on the poor and those trapped in sin. One of the greatest works that any follower of Jesus can do is to lead another person to Him.
The process of being Christ like is progressive. As we learn and know about Jesus it changes our hearts, then we will start acting and conducting our lives in ways that are more like Him.