A Jesus Follower Manifesto

JFMIt’s time we make some changes.

It’s time that we are known for the things we are for rather than the things we’re against.

It’s time that we are known for standing with the persecuted rather than complaining that we are being persecuted.

It’s time that we are known for sitting quietly with those who suffer rather than judging the reasons why they might be suffering.

It’s time that we are known for who we are, or whose we are, rather than who we want people to think that we are.

It’s time we are known for promoting the One who died on the cross, and the least of these, and not for constantly promoting ourselves. We should be the least narcissistic people on the planet.

It’s time we are known for being servants within the culture, and not for holding desperately to the reins of culture.

It’s time we allow the Maker of Heaven and Earth to be the dominant force in the world, and stop worrying that we have to do it ourselves.

It’s time we are known for putting our faith in Jesus, and not putting our faith in fallible men or women – whether they stand in places of power, in the spotlight of celebrity, or even behind a pulpit on Sunday morning. The ground is level at the foot of the cross.

It’s time we stop measuring success in numbers, whether those numbers be votes, dollars, or decisions.

It’s time we remember that God is in control, fear isn’t real, and anxiety is not a fruit of the spirit.

It’s time to remind ourselves what Jesus answered when he was asked to identify the most important commandment.

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

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5 thoughts on “A Jesus Follower Manifesto

  1. If we did carry out these THREE commands as intended…love God first and foremost, and love our neighbor AS OURSELF (#3 is implied here), THEN we would want the best for all concerned.

    Another famous passage explains “the best” as being “… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8 & 9

    IF “the best” truly reigned in our lives, then there would be no room leftover for trashy attitudes toward others and trashy living.

    You make me think again.

  2. A great reflection. I love the allusion to the Book of Job; one of my favorite books in the Bible. I prefer this translation of the Shema: Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone…

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