So you think you might be a Christian? Try this handy-dandy checklist to see if you’re a true follower of Jesus or just someone who’s paying lip-service. You’ll need to score big if you’re ever going to get into his exclusive club!
1) Have you relinquished all worldly goods as Jesus tells you to in Matt 19.21 & Luke 12.33?
If not, better get to it. It’s pretty important to him – he mentions it at least a dozen times in the gospels.
2) Have you forsaken your loved ones, taken to hating them even, the better to serve him and his Kingdom?
No? Than what are you thinking of? Not Luke 14. 26 & 33 that’s for sure.
3) Do you constantly go the extra mile, turn the other cheek, give to all who ask, love your enemies and forgive others repeatedly (Matthew 7.12; Luke 6.27 & 29; Matthew 6.14; Matthew 5.38 etc)? In short, are you perfect as he says you should be?
Some work to do here then, to come up to the expected standard?
4) Do you sacrificially serve others – the sick, the imprisoned, the homeless, the hungry, the naked (Matthew 25.34-46)?
Better get round to it as the only way to avoid Jesus’ blacklist.
5) Do you work tirelessly and exclusively to bring about God’s Kingdom on Earth (albeit in the first century) like Jesus commands in Matthew 6.33?
Why not? Get with the programme!
6) Have you stayed single, never marrying, and certainly never getting divorced?
You haven’t? Shame on you, because you can’t into the Kingdom with a spouse and definitely not with one you’ve discarded along the way (Luke 20.34-35).
7) Have you given up judging others?
If not, you can expect to be on the receiving end of a hell of a lot of judgement in return (Matthew 7.1-2).
8) When you throw a party do you invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind instead of your friends (Luke 14.12-14)?
I think we know the answer to this one.
9) Are you tireless in denigrating, campaigning against and ranting about same-sex relationships and marriage?
Well, good for you though this has nothing to do with being a follower of Jesus (see 7 above).
10) Do you believe in a magical incantation that is going to preserve the essential ‘you’ in Heaven forever?
So how did you do? Are you someone Jesus would say, ‘Well done you good and faithful servant’ to (Matthew 25.21), or would he insist he never knew you (Matthew 7.23)? –
0-2: Pathetic, especially if the two in question are 9 & 10.
3-7: You’re neither hot nor cold. Expect to be spewed out of his mouth (Revelation 3.16).
8-10: You’re getting there, but then, you didn’t really answer truthfully, did you? Your yes didn’t mean yes (Matthew 5.37).
Never mind, you can always get back to singing songs, waving your arms about and condemning others because they have a speck in their eye (Luke 6.42). Everybody knows that’s what being a Christian is really all about.