Greg Laurie says Christians need to get back to the three key aspects of following Christ: get to know Jesus, follow His plan for discipleship, and use it to tell others what you know.
As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. (Mark 2:14)
The Christian life is the greatest life there is. Having lived on both sides of the fence, I can say without a doubt that it is a much better way to do life. As the Bible says, it’s like a turning from “darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18).
I wasn’t brought up to pray, read the Bible, or go to church. Growing up, I experienced all the world has to offer, which sent me on a search that ultimately led me to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Instead of the turmoil I felt before, I found peace. Instead of misery, I felt joy. Instead of hate, I had love. Most importantly, instead of a future separated from God in a place called hell, I now have the hope of being in His presence forever in heaven.
But the Christian life is more than just praying a prayer and getting “fire insurance”, so to speak. The Christian life is following Jesus Christ as your Lord. It is following Jesus not only as your friend but as your master.
The problem is this: Many Christians never grow up spiritually. They made an initial commitment to Jesus, but never found out what it means to be a dedicated follower of Christ. In short, they haven’t actively pursued what the Bible calls discipleship. They still act like spiritual infants.
I have two granddaughters, so of course I think babies are cute. But I also know that babes are a lot of work. For example, teaching a baby how to eat is a long, drawn-out process. When they are first born, babies need to be nursed or fed their formula. After formula, they work up to baby food. When they get their teeth, they can begin eating baby-sized bites of food that have been carefully cut up for them. Later they learn how to use a spoon and fork. Eventually, as children, they learn how to cut, eat, and ultimately, prepare their own food. This is part of growing up.
In the same way, people must grow up spiritually. The Bible warns us, “So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding” (Heb. 6:1 NLT).
here is a place for teaching and preaching. God has equipped pastors and teachers to build up believers so that “we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Eph. 4:14 NIV). However, once we have learned the basics, we need to grow up spiritually, become mature as believers, and learn how to be true disciples.
The three key aspects of following Christ —
* How to Know God – and how He will change your life.
* Discipleship – the commitment, the cost, and the spiritual growth.
* Making Him Known – sharing the gospel and making disciples.
This article is an excerpt from Greg Laurie’s book, Let God Change Your Life.
Copyright 2011 Greg Laurie. Let God Change Your Life published by David C Cook. Publisher permission required to reproduce. All rights reserved.