Being a believer is not the same as being a follower, a believer is a decider, and a follower is a disciple. A decider makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, a disciple accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and as their Lord.
I really thought this was black and white truth as I was writing it, then I realized that you can…let me restate that…I can be, both, let me explain:
There are days when Jesus Christ is the center of my universe and the Lord of my life and I truly feel connected to God and His will for my life. I am kind to others, I love everyone and I really try to be a light in a dark world. Those days I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I am at peace, I know that everything is in God’s hands and I have no worries, I am patient, loving, caring, giving and a joyful in the Lord. Those days my mantra is Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Then there are days when I am the center of my universe, people tick me off when they intrude on this world that was obviously built around me. Those days I am filled with conceit, I am anxious, worried, angry, impatient, self-centered, greedy and I don’t even like being around myself. Those days my mantra is life sucks and then you die so stay out of my way.
I praise God that through His work on me and in me, I am a new creation and I spend more time in my life with Jesus Christ as the center of my universe and I less time with me at the center of my universe, but I still fall and I still fail. However, I am absolutely blessed by a godly wife and an amazing group of godly men that hold me accountable as well as the Holy Spirit that seems to convict me a lot quicker when I start acting like a jerk, because of those blessings in my life, I don’t fall too far or fail for too long any more.
If you don’t have people in your life that hold you accountable, that speak truth in to your life, that love you unconditionally, that you do life with, you need to find a small group that fits where you are at in your walk. Life is hard enough as it is, doing it without godly friends there to support you just makes it that much harder, I hope you take the time to connect with other like minded Christians to help you on your walk!