Our television was on the fritz last month. It would turn on and most everything worked, but the picture would suddenly switch to a negative of the image. As with any problem in my life that needs solving, my first stop was to the font of endless information about random things–the internet. Sure enough in under five seconds I was reading posts from others who faced the same exact problem with their flat panel screen. The solution offered by the majority was simple–buy a new television. Ugh! However, one website offered an alternative. “Fix it yourself at home!” What did I have to lose. So, I opened up the back of the television and like a surgeon began carefully removing the innards of the machine. 30 screws later and with parts all over the table, I applied a strip of electrical tape where the site suggested. (You can fix anything with a little bit of tape.) I then began the long road of reassembly. Finally, I inserted the last screw into the back of the television, plugged it back in and flipped the switch. To my utter amazement it worked!!! The operation was a success and I saved our family a few hundred bucks.
Though I am not sure that recommending everyone to take apart their broken appliances is such a good idea, sometimes we need to investigate the issues in our lives for ourselves and not just take other people’s word for it. Sometimes we need to get personally involved, try something new and get a first hand perspective.
The difference between someone who simply says “I’m a Christian” and those who are growing followers of Jesus is a commitment to personally investigate living out Jesus’ words.
This week we began a new series on the Gospel of Luke focused on learning how to follow Jesus everyday. For the next year, we are going to walk in the shoes of the first disciples and discover what it was like to follow Jesus day in and day out.
Luke begins his account of Jesus’ life this way, “I carefully investigated everything from the beginning.” Luke was a gentile, that is, he did not grow up in a Jewish home. He was also a physician (Colossians 4:14). Luke did not take someone else’s word for it, he personally and methodically investigated Jesus and his claims about life. Luke studied. He asked questions. He read books. He reflected. Where he had doubts he pursued his unanswered questions. In the end, after much personal investigation, it became crystal clear that the claims about Jesus were in fact true. That’s why he says that the purpose of his book was to help others “know the certainty of the things they have been taught.” Luke had that certainty and became a follower of Christ. Then he took his personal commitment to discover Jesus first hand into the rest of his Christian life.
The difference between someone who simply says “I’m a Christian” and those who are growing followers of Jesus is a commitment to personally investigate living out Jesus’ words. God will do great things in your life when you make a decision to put into practice, to test and explore his truths in everyday life.
That’s the heart of the purpose for the Follow Journals and the Daily Compass that were given out this Sunday. Together we are going to be looking for God at work around us. We are going to capture faith lessons that come throughout the day. We are going to listen for God’s direction and in faith take action steps to follow. If you have only gone on what other people have said about faith, this is a perfect season to lift the lid and explore faith with your own eyes.