THE FOLLOWED OR THE FOLLOWERS?
It’s interesting how persuasion works.
The salesman/woman gives us information in a confident manner, directing our attention to what is advantageous in their product.
They have a goal in mind – a sale, of course.
To that end they exercise persuasion. Persuasion through words.
Often we have done our own research and would not be there in the first place, if we had not already made up our minds to buy. Usually we are at least 90% persuaded already.
Sometimes though, if the salesperson is too pushy and overbearing, I go in the opposite direction, to the point where I decide to buy the same product elsewhere, or even, further my investigations for an alternative.
So their manner, sometimes exercising deceptive ploys, or punctuated with a belittling approach etc. turns me off.
But what if the product is the best one you can buy, the best on the market and at the best price?
If I take umbrage at the salesperson, I am (in this context) according to the old proverb: ‘Cutting off my nose to spite my face’.
But it’s difficult to get past the bad salesperson’s approach.
Nevertheless I must – as I am after value for money and a good performance product.
It would be great if it was otherwise, – but I’m afraid not everyone who says: “Lord, Lord…” is the genuine ‘article’, not everyone is the real McCoy, when it comes to their profession of being a Christian.
And not everyone who is genuinely and sincerely a child of God, is void of bad attitudes.
They still need to change in that particular area, and need help to see it.
Jesus never finishes perfecting His people.
My point is this – if you want to become a follower of Christ – look away from the shortcomings of those who purport to represent Him, and delve into the Bible, to find the real thing.
Look unto Christ – examine His life and see His perfection, or be drawn to Him further, if you have already called on His name for salvation.
Don’t fall into the trap of using the shortcomings of imperfect human beings, as an excuse not to pursue the Person of Jesus Christ.
Christ is the light of perfection, in Him is no darkness at all.
One gentleman who examined Jesus Christ to find who He was, did so with the intention of disproving the Resurrection.
As one writer puts it – the book ‘Who Moved the Stone?’ by Frank Morison was…
…the inner story of a man who originally set out to write one kind of book and found himself compelled by the sheer force of circumstances to write another.
His persuasion in becoming a follower of Christ was the result of looking into the gospel stories, as opposed to being greatly impressed by Christ’s followers.
Man will always fail. Christ will never fail.
Jesus said to Peter:
22 …“If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
Jesus was telling Peter in essence, that he was not to overly concern himself with other human beings, but to get his priorities right and follow Him.
By all means learn from genuine sincere believers in Christ – they should be that example you are looking for. But better still learn from the one followed rather than His followers.