While reading Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges with the new campus pastors, we came across a question in the book that we had all highlighted: If following Jesus was a crime, what would be the evidence that would convict you?
Whoa...powerful question! I would hope others could just as quickly spout off the evidence against me for this crime as I could, after all, isn't it important that it's not just you who thinks there's evidence?
I would hope the evidence would say:
* he models it with his love for others
* he models it with his compassion
* he models it with his love for his family, and also by what they have become
* he models it with his finances
* he models it with his time
* he models it with his vigor and passion to point to Jesus in all things
* he models it by his desire for God's presence
* he models it by his commitment to God's Word
* he models it with his zeal for life and others
* he models it through servant leadership
Ultimately, I hope the question is one in which the reply is, "how could you not convict him."
What would the evidence be for you? Would you be convicted? Are there things that others would quickly be able to point to or would they struggle? It's something worth reflecting on today. If you want to take it a step further, ask someone to list the evidence they see...evaluate if yours and theirs matches up.