Are Christians followers of Jesus?

No, a follower of Jesus is a Jesus-dependent, a dumb sheep, asking about everything, thanking about everything, doing nothing on his own, curious and expectant to see what ShepherdJesus does next, in the sheep, in others, in circumstances.  A follower of Jesus, a dumb sheep, a childlike, is never stressed, never hurried, never worried, and experiences a peace that is vastly superior to anything an independent ever experiences, because independents lean on our own understanding, are wise in our own eyes, think we know what’s best for self and others, and operate by puny human power, accomplishing what’s possible for mere humans.  We Christians who have the name of Jesus, but not the benefit of Jesus, are the saddest of all humans.

Fresh dependency/faith is a fruit of the Spirit’s work, convicting me of my sin of independence.  I get zero credit for any dependency/faith anyone ever sees in me.

–DumbSheepDave, miraculously and surprisingly baby steppin in more-dependent directions, sometimes, because folks have been praying, hoping the pre-believers around him are noticing the difference Jesus is making

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  1. Chris
    Chris says:

    Hi Dave, I couldn’t agree more with what you say today. We word it differently because our backgrounds are different but we’re talking about the same thing. The best thing I ever did was ask God what His will was and promise to do it no matter what. I was afraid but it turned out so beautifully! And yet, because it’s an intimidating promise to make, I hesitate to ask again.

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    • WeakDave
      WeakDave says:

      I know myself too well to ever promise Him anything, Chris. My hope is not in me getting it right, doing right, being right, but in Him getting it right — getting my life right according to His perfect plan for my life. I cannot thwart His perfect plan for my life, but He frequently thwarts my plans. Lovingly. I dunno what’s best for me and those I love, but He does. In my saner moments I believe that. 🙂

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      • Chris
        Chris says:

        Yup, there we go again, saying the same thing from different viewpoints. I think we both agree that us humans cannot arrange God’s will. But I think that we can beg God to show us His way – the psalms do that – and *if* God does show us exactly what to do – which God will, then we can do exactly what God showed us, and that’s doing God’s will. What we must not do is put our own selves into any part of that.

        For example, I was once in such despair that I prayed, “Lord, I’ve tried everything and it’s only worse. Show me what to do and I’ll do it.” And I was afraid of what God might want but was determined to do whatever He signified. I thought he would want my cigarettes and I knew that I couldn’t, but I would. Anything, anything, just show me the way. And the next day I knelt in a pew and got a vivid image, like a waking dream, of a happy me in another apartment. That happened 3 days in a row before I figured out it was the answer. How surprising! My apartment was the only good thing in my life and God wanted me to give it up? Well, a promise is a promise so I went home and started packing. Moving is hard anyway but I was having panic attacks on top of that because my apartment was large and I was down-sizing, getting rid of my precious books and so on.

        The punch line: 3 months after I moved I lost my job, but I was ok because of the smaller apartment.

        So I do think we can follow God’s orders, if we’re very humble and not do it, say, Jonah’s way.

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  2. Chris
    Chris says:

    Me again. I think I’m talking about being willingly and unquestioningly thwarted by God’s will. I think that would be the same as asking God’s will, but definitely getting out of the driver’s seat.

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  3. WeakDave
    WeakDave says:

    I’m the happiest when I crawl over the seat, get in the back, leaving the driving to Him. Part of me thinks it knows best how to get somewhere and when, and the sane part of me, is clueless, and happy to trust the driving to Him. 🙂

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