In a recent sermon I said something to the effect that “If someone ‘made a decision for Jesus’ when he or she was eleven, but there was no life change and the person hasn’t been in church since, we shouldn’t kid ourselves by saying that the person was a Christian who just wasn’t living it. We need to admit that the person is not a follower of Jesus and get busy praying and sharing our faith with them.”
But then God pushed me into some more thinking about the problem. What if everything I’d say was true but the person had remained in church? In other words, are there people in our churches who have conformed to the church culture but had never been transformed by God’s Spirit?
I’m afraid (terrified actually), that our churches may be full of people who have mistaken “acting like a Christian” with being a follower of Jesus. They know the lingo, are comforted by the rituals, even enjoy the music (traditional hymns or contemporary choruses), but don’t know Jesus and aren’t being transformed by God’s Spirit.
So, my next question is, what are the marks of a true follower of Jesus? How can I tell if I’m a Jesus Follower or just a church member?
I'll post my thoughts later. For now, what do you think?