I don’t want to be scared of living like Christ.

For we walk by faith not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 - I don't want to be scared of living like Christ

I don’t want to be scared of living like Christ.

Honesty

I honestly want to be radically obedient to Christ. I honestly believe the outrageous lifestyle that Jesus lived is a possibility for you and I. I honestly am sometimes seriously intimidated by that prospect, and honestly… I don’t want to be scared of living like Christ.

The thing is, I read the things that Jesus did in the Word. He was extreme. There was no casual and formal Christianity about Christ. He was over-the-top hard-core in-your-face Jesus. Sure, He was motivated by love, but His love looked a lot different at times than most that I see today.

Intimidating Things Jesus Did

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. – John 14:12

Jesus did some things that frankly, I’m intimidated to do sometimes. The problem for me though, is that Jesus specifically said that we wouldn’t just do the same things he did, but that we would also do even greater things. (John 14:12)

For instance, Jesus went around healing everyone who was sick or had a disease. (Matthew 9:35) Problem number 2…  I believe this. I also believe (at least most of the time) that God will heal people when I pray for them. Sometimes though, telling someone that I’d like to pray for them because I believe God will heal them is hard for me to do.

Another thing Jesus did, was to preach the message of salvation everywhere He went. Most of this preaching was done outside of the Synagogue (the church of that day). It’s much easier to get excited and tell everyone about salvation in a place where everyone (at least outwardly) already believes it. Sometime’s I’m intimidated to bring up the conversation of eternity and salvation with my neighbors and people I meet.

Sometime’s I’m intimidated to bring up the conversation of eternity and salvation with my neighbors and people I meet.

Oh, and then you have His no tolerance approach to anything that opposed that message. Primarily this was the religious establishment of the day, but occasionally they were devils and demons that He would cast out.  It seems that the demons were much easier for Him to deal with than the religious leaders were.

Sometimes, there is pressure to just go with the flow and be like everyone else who goes to church. Sometimes, it’s intimidating for me to step out from the crowd and do something that Jesus did, because I hate to feel like I’m showing off or trying to be better than anyone else.

What if?

What if I challenge myself to be one of those outrageous people who do what Jesus did.

What if Jesus were to somehow take over my body today? What if He was the one in every situation and conversation? What if it was Him meeting every person I met today? What would that look like?

That is intimidating for me because I see something that may be a lot different from what the events look like when I’m in the driver’s seat.

I don’t want to be scared of living like Jesus, so here’s what I’m thinking. What if I challenge myself to be one of those outrageous people who do what Jesus did. I’m currently reading the Gospel of Luke in my daily devotion. This time around I’m going to be paying extra close attention to all that Jesus does, and I’m going to do my best to get crazy and do what He did.

And what would happen today if you took that same challenge? Read a chapter in one of the Gospels today (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and challenge yourself to act like Jesus when you find yourself in a similar situation… Maybe, just maybe we’ll turn our world upside down.

Maybe, just maybe, we’ll turn our world upside down.

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • Lori

    Honestly, I like it! :) Living outrageously is so much better than living in fear.

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Thanks Lori – That’s what I suspect. I’ll let you know. :)

  • Cyndi

    Wow, now that’s a challenge!!
    No fear, just plain old fashioned boldness!
    I have a situation I can rise to this challenge on today! Thanks for the confidence boost Jeremy!

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

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