Does Commitment to Christ Threaten Our Self-Identity?

We may fear being limited by the constraints of being a member of Christ’s Church. However, part of being of a disciple of Jesus is being disciplined so that we may be authentic, that we may function in our appropriate role as members of his body, the church. Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 both make the point that just as members of a physical body (fingers, toes, neck, etc.) cannot just walk away and say that they do not need other parts of the body, so members of the body of Christ need one another. The church needs each of us: Our authenticity, our uniqueness, and our idiosyncrasies. At the same time, we must remind one another that the church must not simply stare inward but must have interaction with the world while maintaining its identity as a collection of motley, yet committed and changed, followers of Jesus. So be true and authentic, but meditate on Luke 9:57-62 and what it may mean for you. In that passage, Jesus challenges would-be disciples. Discipleship means commitment to Jesus. Distractions from that commitment threaten our relationship with the Messiah. Jesus himself said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:57-62).

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