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Being a Christ Follower!

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Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”   John 4:10 (NLT)

Many times I have people say that they have never seen Jesus in their lives. You should stop and realize that Jesus shows up in your life all the time? The Bible says he’s around you all the time; his Spirit is with us even when you are unaware of it. He shows up in other people and what they say to you. He shows up in opportunities. He shows up in problems. He shows up in difficulties, but you may not be aware of it because you are not paying attention.

Actually, this is really common, it even occurs in the Bible. People fail to recognize Jesus’ presence.

For instance, Jesus once asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. Not knowing who Jesus was, she engaged him in a religious debate. Jesus says, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10 NLT)

She then tried to divert the conversation to become a religious debate. “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet.  So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”  (John 4:19-20)

This happens to many of us. We don’t recognize Jesus when he’s around us. The Bible says he’s always near, but we don’t listen. We don’t tune in to his presence.

Here is the reason that we need to pay attention to Jesus (and why we are talking on Sunday morning about being Christ Followers).  Jesus will focus us on the things that are truly important and that will change the way we handle every relationship, task, and circumstance in our lives.

When you learn to live in light of eternity, your values change. You learn to use your time and money more wisely. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of wealth or achievements or even fun. Your priorities are reordered.

The apostle Paul said, “I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” (Philippians 3:7 NLT)

Focusing on Jesus encourages us to see everything in a new light.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Blessings

Pastor Bill