The Jesus Culture
Once we decide to follow Jesus we are adopted into the family of God. We become children of Father God, we become a part of what is known as the Church of Jesus Christ (a group of people who are all under the Fatherhood of God, are following Jesus, and are filled with His Spirit). I love the way describes it in Galatians.
“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.”
When we decide to follow Jesus it doesn’t mean we lay down our personality. No, God wants to redeem (aka: use it for good) your personality so that it can be used for his purposes. But it does mean we lay aside our personal preferences, selfish desires (Matthew 16:24) and comforts and take on a new culture – the Jesus culture. What are some characteristics of this culture:
- It’s defined by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
- It says, “You just have to be breathing and I want to have a relationship with you, even if I feel uncomfortable, afraid, or different!”
- It loves radically, serves relentlessly so as to share the Gospel with as many people as possible.
- It is modeled after the life of Jesus Christ!
- Philippians 2:1-18
Let me leave you today with this question: If you were arrested today for following Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?