Being a follower of Jesus implies that we step in his steps, listen to his voice, respond to his call. We are to be like Jesus, patterning ourselves after him, learning to do what he does, speaking into life the way he speaks, healing and reconciling and reconnecting people to God. But how do we learn to do that? How can we be transformed from our state as sick, broken creatures to become the light of the world?
Thinking about Jesus’ call to Peter (to "follow me"), Dallas Willard writes in his book, Divine Conspiracy:
"If I am to be someone’s apprentice, there is one absolutely essential condition. I must be with that person… It is precisely what it means to follow Jesus when he was here in human form. To follow him meant, in the first place, to be with him. If I am Jesus’ disciple, that means I am with him to learn from him how to be like him." (p.276)
I’m interested in your thoughts about how we do this… How do we spend time with Jesus today?
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