So you wanna be like Jesus?

February 3, 2010

I don’t know if you really do.

Seriously.  I bet you don’t.  You say you wanna live by the Spirit, but you are to busy on facebook or writing a blog.

You say you wanna love people, but you love honking your horn when the car in front of you won’t drive out into the intersection for a left turn.

Or you just have to write that person a bad review, or argue with that teacher, or you just gotta complain about that Barista that was rude to you.

Okay.  I have probably been guilty of doing all those things in some fashion.  Except the last one. I don’t drink coffee.

But in my life I hear the phrase “let’s be like Jesus.” or “what would Jesus do.” or ” I wanna be just like Jesus.”

How often though do we meet people really trying to live like Jesus?

If we met someone walking around Phoenix, or New York, or wherever, and he had twelve dudes with him that he was pouring into, we would think that dude is crazy and those dudes are crazy for following him.

If we met someone that walked around and said I trust God to provide all my needs therefore I don’t own a home, or stay in one place(unless God was telling them different), we would also think that person is crazy.

If we met someone who was always seeking God, and hung out with prostitutes, gays, drug addicts and telemarketers, we would not join his cause, no matter how much truth he spoke.

Actually some of us would.

But quite often when I challenge people to live how Jesus lived or how the early Christians did, I get a response like that was a different culture.  Or things are different now.

Yeah things are different.  There are more sinners in the world.

That just means we should (as Christians) live seemingly even more righteous.

We don’t live counter-culturally.  We want a big or decent sized house.  We want a family.  We want to live out where no one else is.  We want to draw closer to God without interacting with others.  We make practical choices rather than spirit led choices.  We want to be get a high paying job.

So do you really wanna be like Jesus? I mean really?  Then why aren’t we living like He did? Because it’s too crazy? Or because he’s God and we’re not? Those are stupid answers.

This blog doesn’t go out to everyone.  I am constantly meeting true disciples of Christ who do live counter culturally.   And I love it.  They are some of the most inspiring people in the world.  And it’s the kind of counter culture that serves and loves the current culture.  I love that.  I love true disciples.  Let’s eat with prostitutes.  Let’s eat with liars and fakes and haters and posers.  Let’s really live like Jesus. Not just in theory.  But in practice.