What Separates Jesus From Every Other Teacher

Aristotle said to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.”  Socrates likewise said, “Follow my teachings.”  Buddha said to his disciples, “Follow my meditations.”  Confucius said to his disciples, “Follow my sayings.”  And Mohammed said to his disciples, “Follow my noble pillars.”

But Jesus says to his disciples, “Follow ME.”

In all the religions and philosophies of the world, a follower can follow the teachings of its founder without having a relationship with that founder.  But not so with Jesus Christ.  The teachings of Jesus cannot be separated from Jesus Himself.  Christ is still alive, and He embodies His teachings.  This is what separates Him from every teacher and moral philosopher in history…

…and then there was also that resurrection thing.

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Our Own Personal Mission Field

Each of us has a personal mission field.  These are the people who are in our lives and don’t know Christ or have a church family.  It’s imperative that we first pray for them and then for a divinely appointed opportunity to have a conversation or interaction that leads to the gospel.  Before we try to talk to them, we need to walk with them in terms of identifying ourselves as someone who genuinely loves them.  That takes actions more than words.

2 Kinds of Churches

There are two kinds of churches. Some ask the question, “What can we do to improve our church?”  And others, “How can we serve others?”  The former operate from self-focus.  The latter operates from focusing on others.  Some just care about their own preservation, image, and success.  And others care about the needs of others.  We can only do that when we are confident and secure in our own identity.

When you know you are, you’ll know what to do.