Let's get back to this morning's issue: What are the marks of a true follower of Jesus?
As I thought about it, I came up with what I think are the three main questions (and a few supporting ones) we need to ask ourselves.
Question 1: Is my Personality becoming more like Jesus’ Personality? If you’re curious, I think the best Biblical description of His personality is in 1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind, etc. But His personality was also sinless and worshipful. Is God removing sin from my life and replacing it with His character and a desire to be in His presence?
Question 2: Are my Priorities becoming more and more like Jesus’ Priorities? Am I becoming less self-centered and more others-centered? Do I love my neighbor like I love myself? Am I concerned with the welfare of the weak, helpless and mistreated? And does that concern translate into proactive service?
Question 3: Do my Passions mirror Jesus’ Passions? Am I driven to bring glory to God? To bring people to God? To give up my life to help others find true life? And am I exercising true faith (aka, willing to take risks and be uncomfortable) to accomplish these things?
Okay, I don’t exactly get an A+ myself on that test and I see lots of areas where I need to get to work. But here’s the kicker. As I look back over my life as a Jesus Follower, I can see God growing me in all of these areas.
But if I showed no real progress in any of these areas over my lifetime as a “Christian”, would it really be accurate for me to call myself a Follower of Jesus, whether I’d spent those years in church or not?