“They began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”*

Following Jesus isn’t learning a new lifestyle, it’s becoming a different person. A person who does what Jesus would do by learning to think like Him. It’s not enough to know about Jesus. We have to understand Him — because He’s the only person who understands what’s real and true.

This is called discipleship. Spending time with someone to become like them. Listening, asking questions, and watching carefully. What is He about? Why did He say that? How did He do that?

When Jesus didn’t resist crucifixion, most people took Him for a fraud. But disciples are not so easily thrown off. They look for clues. Why did He let that happen? Based on Jesus’ absolute authority over everything, He could have avoided death. Why didn’t He?

That’s how disciples think. They dig in, sift through the Gospels, research the Old Testament, and learn to see what Jesus saw.

Which sets up a choice. Do I want to follow Jesus? Do I consider myself a disciple? If so, it’s likely I’ll be learning from Him. In the Gospels, the Psalms, the Prophets, the Revelation, and so on. Because it’s not about knowing about Him. It’s about becoming like Him.

* Acts 4:13

Published by Paul Santhouse

I’m a husband and father, follower of Jesus Christ, and member of the Moody Publishers team. I've worked with gifted authors and their books for thirty-plus years, and I believe the local church is where we become the kind of people who reveal what Jesus is like. Since this is my personal blog, the views and opinions expressed herein are my own, not those of my employer. However — books, publishing, the work of the church, and learning to follow Jesus are central to my daily experience, so that's what this blog is about. Thanks for visiting! Paul