Adjustable Jesus?

I read a blog today about our culture, discipleship and relationship.  I have adopted a phrase a few years ago that language shapes our culture.  It can shape it in positive ways and negative ways for sure. 

In his blog, Matt Walsh writes: “But this “personal relationship with Jesus” thing is very often applied like Pastor Rich and other trendy Christians apply it: as a means to strip the faith of its moral demands and reduce it down to anemic ambiguity. When many people speak of a Personal Jesus, what they really desire is an Adjustable Jesus. They want to be disciples on their own terms; to calibrate their religion to a more relaxing, luxurious setting; to throw out the difficult, challenging aspects of Belief and put something customized and convenient in its place. When these folks say “my personal relationship with Jesus,” all that really registers is the “my.””

That was a powerful quote.  I admit.. I’m a guy who is usually current on trends and fashion (sometimes a good thing, other times a flop), I like certain styles and I in no way am against anyone dressing in current fashion and design if that is what floats your boat.

One of the main things I want to focus on is discipleship. Jesus wasn’t convenient.  As a matter of fact, he taught to lose everything of yourself to gain everything of him.  Jesus was not and is not adjustable.  We can’t twist, tweak, tear or tailor him into what we want him to be.. He is I AM.

There is no doubt I believe in a personal relationship with him. I have a personal relationship with my wife. my kids.. my family and close friends. I don’t hide those. It’s when they are celebrated that they flourish.

So, yes.. it starts with a personal relationship with Christ.  A place where you intimately find hope, shedding the chains of sin and humiliation and of guilt for love and freedom only found in him.

Discipleship comes as part of that package. We’ll never be able to adjust perfection.. but if we allow perfection to “adjust” us or better yet.. fix, repair, make new.. then we are becoming disciples on his terms.. not ours.

Here’s an idea: Take a new job.. go to work on your first day and challenge everything they tell you.. letting them know you know a better way and a way that will make you feel more comfortable.. as Donald J. Trump would say…. YOU’RE FIRED! 🙂

This article I read today (many good nuggets in it) has me praying for our culture and challenging me in how I represent my Lord.  Like I said earlier.. language shapes culture.  What are you speaking?  How are you living it out?  What does “your” Jesus look like.

My hope and prayer is that I represent him well. I want him to look like him and pray my life will do just that. Not that he’s “mine”…… but that I am his.

So.. just a thought for today.. love you all and hey… remember… #GodsGotThis

Blog reference: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/if-your-church-makes-christianity-cool-and-comfortable-you-should-find-a-new-church/

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8 Comments

  1. Will Rayser

    My old friend, best blog you’ve written. A great addendum to Walsh’s comments.

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  2. Will Rayser

    My old friend, best blog you’ve written. A great addendum to Walsh’s comments.

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  3. Duncan

    Good stuff my friend! Couldn’t agree more.

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  4. Bill

    I like the thought behind "not that He’s mine … but I am His.

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  5. Bill

    I like the thought behind "not that He’s mine … but I am His.

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  6. gary

    Most Christians today don’t want a challenge or a change in their lives if it affects their relationship with the world. They have forgot the cost of discipleship.

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  7. Tracy

    My life is guided by my conviction. When I am not convicted and feel no need for change I find that season a good time to press in, dig a little deeper, devour His Word. Conviction always returns and when His light hits the dark areas of my life I realize it’s not a bad thing to have it exposed. It’s an opportunity. My daddy used to tell me, "Any coward can confirm but it takes a man of conviction to buck the tide of popular opinion. I have a lot more grace for others than I do myself. I’m just blessed that He covers my deficiency until I can catch up. Love ya, Peckerhead. See you soon. Great blog!

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  8. Tracy

    My life is guided by my conviction. When I am not convicted and feel no need for change I find that season a good time to press in, dig a little deeper, devour His Word. Conviction always returns and when His light hits the dark areas of my life I realize it’s not a bad thing to have it exposed. It’s an opportunity. My daddy used to tell me, "Any coward can confirm but it takes a man of conviction to buck the tide of popular opinion. I have a lot more grace for others than I do myself. I’m just blessed that He covers my deficiency until I can catch up. Love ya, Peckerhead. See you soon. Great blog!

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