Build a Custom Jesus Today

But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him.
He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God…
Luke 9:11

I wonder who was in that crowd? Who would be in the crowd today? Similar to today, many people—even those who sat in the front row—knew Jesus from a distance, if they knew him at all. Many people knew a Jesus their imagination invented, not the real Jesus.

It feels good to invent the Jesus you want instead of learning about the real Jesus. Then you don’t need to lose any of the precious time and energy you spend on your own ambitions, or the time and energy your sins and addictions steal from you as they hold you captive.

The Jesus you invent will help you advance your kingdom. How convenient is that? Maybe we should start a chain of Build-a-Jesus stores. We could build your Jesus from scratch or stock a few of the most popular versions, modified to suit your tastes.

How much is that Jesus in the window?
The one with the waggily tail.
How much is that Jesus in the window?
I do hope that Jesus is for sale.

It’s easy to make the verse to say, “But Jesus found out where I was going, and he followed me. I welcomed him and taught him about my Kingdom, and he made me a lot of money and fame.”

Like Dr Phil says, “How’s that working for you?”

Break away from the rut! Steal time if you must. Find out where Jesus is going and follow him. Let him teach you about his kingdom. It’s much more successful and sustainable than yours and mine.