The Life of a Jesus Follower

“We exist to help people follow Jesus.”

The life of a Jesus follower is not me living for Jesus, but Jesus living His life in and through me! As we study about Jesus in the Bible we learn that His life was all about relationships.

First, His relationship with God.

Second, His relationship with His disciples.

Third, His relationship with people who didn’t know God at all.

Following Jesus is all about relationships! This requires a relationship with God, with other Jesus followers, and to the lost world. We do that by modeling what it means to…

• Abide – A Jesus follower abides in Jesus personally and daily.

• Connect – A Jesus follower connects in community in large and small group.

• Share – A Jesus follower shares in the mission locally and globally.

The life of a Jesus follower is all about relationships. So how do you deepen these three relationships with God, with others, and with the lost?

5% Life

We are convinced that if you embrace “The 5% Life” as a starting point the other 95% of your life will be changed forever as you abide in Jesus, connect in community, and share in the mission he lays out for us called, “The Great Commission.” Jesus followers use their jobs, skills and passions to engage where they live, work, and play for the Gospel, encouraging others to become Jesus followers.

Here’s the breakdown:

1% of your DAY (approximately 15 minutes) in God Time daily.

1% of your WEEK, approximately an hour and a half in Gather Time weekly.

1% of your MONTH, approximately 7 hours in Group Time consistently.

2% of your YEAR, approximately 7 days in Go Time annually.

God Time

Finding time to abide with God, connecting with our Creator, can be very difficult for many of us. Carving out time for that personal time with God seems important to us, but yet the busy-ness of life keeps dropping other things in front of “God Time”.

Yet deep down we desperately desire to connect with our Creator. And He wants to connect with us. Figuring out how to do that seems difficult, though. After all, God is God. He’s huge and mysterious and greater than us. He’s everywhere, yet He’s invisible. So we don’t connect with God in quite the same way we would with a friend at a coffee shop. Yet He asks us to come and spend time with Him.

So how do we, in the words of Philip Yancey, “reach for the invisible God?” The answer is simple enough: We make it a habit. The trick seems to be keeping our intentional efforts from becoming empty rituals that contain our spiritual efforts rather than enliven them.

Here are some links to resources we encourage you to check out in order to develop that ability to Abide with your Creator:

utmost.org

www.spurgeon.org/daily.php

discipleshiplibrary.com