Being a believer is Easy. Being a follower is Hard.

I spent this past weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico, doing a “Strong Marriages” seminar. I had a great time. I don’t have a lot to blog about this morning, so I thought I’d share a few things from my journal. Here are a few things I’ve written down this past week about being a “Follower of Jesus.” These are just a few thoughts and quotes I’m trying to process and work through:

Jesus said, “Follow me…”

  • The church is to be the body of Christ in the world. Jesus’ followers are to be His hands and feet to others. Somehow the church has done a great job of making believers, but a horrible job of making followers of Jesus. We do a great job being Jesus’ mouth, but a poor job of being his hands and feet.
  • Being a believer is easy. Being a follower is hard.
  • Jesus didn’t come just to save me from hell … He came to call me (and you) to a lifestyle change.
  • Jesus didn’t call me to a life of just going to church, but a life of adventure by being his hands and feet to other people. I feel most fulfilled in my faith when I’m accepting that adventure.
  • My job is to draw people to Jesus, to call them to follow, to challenge them to be Jesus in other’s lives …
  • To bring people to Jesus, it must happen by showing people Jesus … not scaring the hell out of them.
  • If we lose a generation of people it won’t be because we didn’t entertain them enough, but because we didn’t dare them with the gospel and the adventure that’s involved in following Christ.
  • When Jesus said, “follow me,” he was saying “watch me,” and “see me.” He was telling people to see how he lived and do it the same way. If people watch Christians closely, will they see us looking like Jesus?
  • “We need to stop complaining about the church we’ve experienced and work on becoming the church we dream of.” ~Shane Claiborne
  • When it comes to Christianity, maybe even more important than what you believe and how you believe, is how you live.
  • What I long for is a Christianity that looks more like Jesus.
  • “The largest barrier to Christ has been Christians who shout loudly with their mouths, but have nothing to show with their lives.” ~Manning

So, what are some things that you’ve been thinking about? Do you have any thoughts on the things I mentioned above?

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  1. Nathan says:

    Being a believer is easy. Being a follower is hard.

    I love this. It is so true. Look at the conflict over Tim Tebow over here in Denver. He displays bible verses on his person during games in one form or another.

    People are already screaming foul but they sure want his talents!

    My hat goes off to you Tim Tebow; cause being a believer is easy, but following, especially when people are looking is hard!

  2. Ricco says:

    Trey,

    Too often i see people who love God but leave the church because of the mess they see in it. They experience more doctrine and rules than they do mercy and grace. Most of the followers are content to minister within their four walls, and are negative towards those who want to step out of their comfort zone to serve outsiders. Claiborne also said that he believed all the right stuff, that Jesus was the Son of God, died and rose again and became a believer, but had no idea what it means to be a follower. People had taught him what christians believe, but no one had told him how christians live.

    That in a nutshell is the issue, it’s easy to have faith in God as long as it doesn’t cost us anything or requires us to do anything. Too many folks are tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. I think Jesus would have a problem with that, and we should too.

    Sorry for the long winded comment, sound like our part time preacher. :)

    Ricco

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Ricco … very well said. I liked everything except the “part time” preacher part. :)

      I think you and I see eye to eye on a lot of things … which scares me a little.

  3. Maggie Beth says:

    Everything you wrote is great…Reminded me of this….

    Take it where you will…..

    A few weeks ago, while I was quitely praying, I had the most amazing “EUREKA MOMENT”….

    HA!! ~ Actually, I was sobbing and begging God for a word!

    I was begging God to show Himself,

    “I can’t hear you! I can’t see you! Feel you! WHERE ARE YOU? Why won’t you talk to me?” I was so angry and I was hurt!! And suddenly, Jesus in the Garden, popped into my head ~ and I imagined Him calling out to God, “Abba Father! Why have you forsaken me?”

    And in that moment, I felt God (in my spirit) say, “…if I did not answer my own Son’s cries……” and in that moment I was so humbled. I was stunned. And I thought, “That is so true, why should I expect more than Christ Himself received?”

    Trei, I bet you can say it better…..make it sound less “cruel” ~ because it did not feel “cruel” ~ It actually made me feel better.

    It made me feel better to remember that even JESUS! God’s own Son!! Felt alone once, He sought God and did not feel He was there…..

    But we all know He was….

    God was there…Even though Jesus could not feel Him, hear Him, or touch Him.

    THE God ~ THE VERY SAME GOD! who was with me that night several weeks ago, is the same God, who was wtih Jesus in the Garden!

    That was powerful to me…….POWERFUL!

  4. Mark says:

    Trey….

    thanks for the thoughts…. i would encourage you to listen to the sermon portion of disciples’ fellowship’s service this past sunday. greg newton really spoke to the issue of sharing your faith. you seem to say quite a bit about it in your points above. i think they archive them at their DF Live link on their website http://www.disciplesfellowship.com.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Fuzzy Mark … I always love it when you comment. You have good things to say. I enjoyed our conversation on grace … at the dump.

      Thanks for the link … I’ll check it out.

  5. Amanda KP says:

    Thanks, Trey! I love this and need this reminder!! Reminds me of the song “Give Me Your Eyes” (think that’s the title)…
    Have a great day..and may you find many ways to BE JESUS for others today!!! :)

  6. Katherine says:

    Trying this comment again, too!!…

    Amen, brother!! You know I desperately long for this, too. I think it is what God also longs for.

    It reminds me of a quote at the beginning of an old DC Talk song, “What If I Stumble”…

    “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
    Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
    Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
    That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable”

    This is what we have to change. We can’t be complacent, and we need to be growing disciples who desire to be Jesus…to be the Church, not just “go to church”.

    They will know we are His disciples by our love. Is that what they see?

    Thanks for continually challenging us! I am thankful for your heart and vision.

  7. Katherine says:

    I think you could even more accurately say…”Being a believer is easy. Being a disciple is hard.”

    We must seek to grow disciples actively living out their faith, not just pew warmers!!

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