The Cost of Being a Follower of Christ or Was Jesus a Futurist?

According to to Wikipedia the term futurist most commonly refers to:

“authors, consultants, organizational leaders and others who engage in interdisciplinary and systems thinking to advise private and public organizations on such matters as diverse global trends, plausible scenarios, emerging market opportunities and risk management.”

As the author and perfecter of the Christian faith as we know it today Jesus Christ may be one of the greatest futurists to ever live. Jesus spoke often on life, politics, and many other related topics. Perhaps his greatest contribution as a futurist was his servant leadership. By putting others before himself and showing love unconditional, he modeled and set a pattern that is still followed by many to this day.

What does it cost to truly follow Jesus? The answer must be: “everything”. If it is not, then you are not a true follower. To follow the pattern of loving others first unconditionally is perhaps the greatest challenge in the walk of a Christ-follower. To model Christ is to model the author (or pioneer) and perfecter of Christian faith. As we mature from a new Christian to a completely committed follower, we seek continuous improvement. If we are to walk this path we must make our path that of the righteous described in Proverbs 4:18

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day”

Continuous improvement is an often sought after practice and strategy in the business world today. In order to improve on the current state, we must build on the knowledge of truth. Light increases light or a truth found and built upon increases truth. To build upon what is given today is both practical in a business sense and also biblical, since as God reveals his truths and they are taken as truth and understood, he then builds on those truths and gives even greater truths.

These words may be hard to understand for someone who has not lived them, but nonetheless they are no less true because of that.

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