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What does it mean to follow Yeshua?
– to believe that he is the Messiah, long awaited in Israel?
– to confess him as Lord & Savior?
– to worship him?
– to try to emulate him?to keep asking “What Would Jesus Do?”
– to give your life to him?
Not for me?
Yeshua lived and taught a Way?
– a Way that privileged the poor and disadvantaged?
– a Way that challenged the Powers that Be (political, social, religious)
– a Way that favors combatting domination with creative non-violence
– a Way that confronts evil with love
– a Way that locates the God-process and the messianic dynamic within
– a Way that makes me responsible for my relationship to the divine (mystery, spirit, God)
– a Way that makes us responsible for the creation which pzrovidesthe context for our living
So, here I am
in awe of the manner of life demonstrated by Yeshua
– a life imbued with divinity
– a life of integrated wholeness
– a life lived for others
– a life that the church could not comprehend
Here I am
– committed to follow Yeshua and yet
-comfortable in my manner of life
-insisted upon by an unheard inner voice in the name of God (perhaps) and yet
-still searching for what my response to that call will be
-living in a country torn asunder by political and religious fervor and misinformation – and – one of the privileged (white male) and yet
– unsure how I can make a positive contribution to the social fabric
“I do have faith, but not enough. Help me have more!”
Mark 9:24 (GNT)
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.
Romans 8:15-17 (MSG)
So, What’s next, Papa?