If you’re a Christian, you’re an actual part of the body of Christ. How’s your part doing? Instead of religious observance, perhaps we need to observe and obey the risen Jesus.
Biblically, there are no passive, non-functioning members of the body of Christ. Following Jesus isn’t going from event to event or Sunday to Sunday. It’s being caught up with Him daily and doing what He says!” Seeker friendly” churches abound, but where are the “doer friendly” churches that welcome people to come in & do what Jesus says?
When faith is formalized and systematized it changes from a spontaneous relationship with Christ into a stylized religion about Him. Christ wants to be your tour guide through daily life, not your religious affiliation.
Following Jesus gives the excitement and adventure of travel. Even when I’m at home He takes me to indescribable spiritual places! When people are individually following Jesus with all their heart, they have an amazing, supernatural connection when they meet.
It’s hard to follow Jesus if you’ve never even learned to be spiritually fed by Jesus. Jesus leads people by internal promptings. If we ignore His inner voice we won’t be able to follow Him. Jesus speaks truth. He doesn’t make suggestions.
Christ-followers aren’t mass produced. They are individually called, trained, and led by the risen Jesus living inside them. Don’t go where the Holy Spirit doesn’t lead you. (Romans 8:14.) Swallow pride, follow Jesus, and be set free inside!
When we let Christ live and lead from within us, we begin to “jump” with inner life, like a Mexican jumping bean. However, if we won’t listen to Jesus, our efforts at Christianity will be misdirected and mechanical. He said: “My sheep listen to My voice.”
Sermons that appeal to the brain, but fail to touch the heart, have little lasting impact. Maybe pastors could be empowering influencers training people to hear and obey Jesus, instead of giving religious lecturer about Him. If people are allowed to contribute their insights and testimonies in church (not just their money) spiritual breakthroughs will abound! If a church isn’t being directly controlled by Jesus, then it’s being controlled by someone (or something) else.
The shortest distance between two hearts is a straight line — open, honest, and caring, heart-to-heart communication. To fill your life with hope and healing, begin to regularly interact with the living Jesus, heart to heart.