I spend a lot of my time figuring out ways to better follow Jesus and then helping others do the same.
For so long in the church we accomplished this by teaching people they need to spend a huge chunk of their time studying about Jesus, reading about Jesus, memorizing scriptures and other facts.
Now none of these things are bad in and of themselves. But think about what many of these “good intentioned” habits have created.
We have become stalkers of Jesus rather than followers.
The definition of a stalker is “A person who stealthily hunts or pursues an animal or another person.”
The whole goal of being a stalker is not to be seen or caught.
As one author put it, “Stalkers are ordinary people who study from afar the people they’re too afraid to really know.”
I think in our good intentions we have become stalkers of Jesus. We have learned to memorize facts and collect data about the Savior of the world. And what do we do with those facts most of the time…nothing!
Collecting facts is good and all but if not channeled right it leads us to nothing other than head knowledge.
It has made me realize how much time is spent studying and collecting rather than doing and loving.
If I approached my wife the way I have Jesus at times, we would never be married.
Think about it, what if I just studied her, learned everything about her, every little detail but never engaged with her, spent time with her, did things with her. We never would have got together and started dating, much less got married.
Our lives are transformed when we live out the things we know. That is what the definition of transformation is all about, taking what we have learned and making positive changes.
What if we spent as much time doing what the Bible said as we do studying the Bible?
What if we engaged a world with love and kindness, instead of watching from the sidelines?
What if we learned about Jesus by spending time with him as a friend and mentor, rather than from a quiet distance like a stalker?
Jesus has invited us, not to just believe in him, but participate with him.
He has invited us to go out and “do” because in doing we learn so much and it becomes a part of who we are.
When we go from head-knowledge to action, things begin to matter so much more to us because we are a part of it.
That is why we were invited to help build the Kingdom of God. Because in doing, we become a part of the story and it begins to matter so much more to us.
So, stop stalking Jesus! Make yourself known and walk together.