A pastor told his congregation to let Jesus Christ transform them and then he said that we should follow a certain person in that church. How could we be told to follow human beings who are imperfect, because we are not a copy of another person, but we are all unique individuals? The way Jesus tells us to do something could be totally different from another person because we each have different gifts and talents. Putting people on a pedestal could cause jealousy and the Bible tells us that we are all on the same level. The only one we should follow is Jesus Christ because he told us to follow him, and he is our Saviour. If we put anyone before Jesus Christ it is idolatry because the Commandments state to put God in first place. When we are his sheep, we have a personal intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and we should have a discernment to know what teaching is of God, and what isn’t. See the following passage
John 10:27-30King James Version (KJV) 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.
If we truly want to know Jesus Christ, we have to soak up the word of God in the Gospels and in any situation do whatever we believe Jesus would do in our place, and put into action what he says in the Gospels. Jesus Christ warns us that there will be false prophets. No one can lead us astray if we let Jesus Christ teach us the Bible and how to be his follower, for he is the only one who is perfect and he is the Son of God, who is above anyone on earth. God never changes and his teaching is the same now as it was over 2000 ago and will be forever. See how Jesus Christ is our only teacher in
Matthew 23:8-12King James Version (KJV) 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Here is a prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus
I want to be taught by God and not man.
Please be my teacher and unveil my eyes and help me
know the truth and have discernment and wisdom.
Please help me to reject anything that is not of you, and fill me with your Holy Spirit to the brim and help me to be your Disciple of love on earth.
Thank you for answering my prayer.
Remember that the Word of God is for all time, and don’t read the Bible at the speed of a novel. That prayer can be said before reading the Bible and after reading a passage we can shut our eyes and let the Holy Spirit lead us into a meditation. We should put into practice what Jesus teaches us, and let our faith be rooted in Christ and not another person. See the following passages how the Holy Spirit will teach us:
John 16:13King James Version (KJV) 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 14:23-26 King James Version (KJV) 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Once we have read the Gospels many times and soaked up the teachings of Jesus Christ, we will be able to read the rest of the Bible with God’s eyes and even understand difficult passages. If we know Jesus Christ and have a close personal intimate relationship with him, we will know God because Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
Jesus said that we should dwell in him and he will dwell in us. If we are united to God, can you imagine the teaching we will receive as our hearts and minds will be opened to God, and only then will we be able to truly be the Lord’s Disciples. Only Jesus Christ has been given the authority above us, and we should put him in first place before anyone or anything. See the following passage.
Matthew 4:10King James Version (KJV)
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
If we look at the passage above we see that we must only serve God. When we let someone else have authority over us and dominate us, we are serving that person. Let us all make a commitment to put God in first place and only worship him in spirit and in truth and be guided by God.
Written by Marie-Helene and Dominic Bradshaw