Had a great time chatting with the Xcel Young Adults crowd tonight. I asked the question ‘How do you live the Jesus lifestyle?’ After all, once you make the decision to follow Jesus that’s what you are endeavouring to do – live the way Jesus asks you to. Following some wisdom from a couple of young adults I added my 4 thoughts:
It’s a Journey – it’s a lifestyle, not a daystyle. Recognise that you have embarked on a journey. Living the Jesus Lifestyle is walking the narrow path that Jesus mentions in Matthew 7:13-14. It’s a determined walk, a careful walk but it’s the walk that leads to life.
Don’t compromise. Living for Jesus is a high calling, a high standard. Once you have embarked on the journey, don’t lower your standards. Don’t give way. If the foundation is strong, then what ever stage of life comes, with all the changes that come, decisions are already made. You can confidently say yes or no to stuff.
No excuses. Be someone who looks for reasons to opt in, rather than someone who looks for the opt-out. Jesus tells the story about an invite to a banquet that people made excuses for not attending. It’s a bit light when your reason is that you’ve bought a field and you have to go and look at it. If you are IN then you’re IN. Stop trying to get out of what Jesus is asking you to do.
Get the right crowd.There’s plenty of people who will call you to compromise or make excuses so having the right people round you will help you to live the Jesus lifestyle. Who should be in your crowd? Jesus. Spend time with Jesus. Plus some fellow builders. People who want to make a difference with you.
The question for all us is simple – am I doing enough to make sure I am living the Jesus lifestyle the best I possibly can?