I was never good at preschool games.
Take Simon Says for example…
I always wanted to be Simon, but you had to win the game first to be Simon.
But, I rarely won.
It was just too hard to remember what Simon said and what he didn’t say. Plus, I couldn’t keep up with all the jumping up and down and head rubbing anyway.
As simple as Simon Says is, the game can teach us a lot about following Jesus. Because, if you’re going to follow Jesus, you better know what Jesus says…
And what He doesn’t say.
The truth is, if you don’t know what Jesus says OR if you think He said something but He really didn’t, you’ll have a really hard time following Him.
And, the challenging thing for Jesus followers today is that the culture that we’re living in right now likes to put words in Jesus’ mouth.
They like to think that Jesus said things like…
“I don’t care about your sexual identity…so be whoever you want to be.”
“I care more about your comfort than your commitment to me…so the more comfortable you are, the better.”
“I’m not coming back…so it really doesn’t matter how you live, as long as you’re being true to yourself, and you’re a nice person.” #YOLO
But, Jesus didn’t say any of those things, did He?
The other challenge for Jesus followers today is that the culture we’re living in likes to think that it doesn’t matter who you follow or what you believe in.
They like to think that all religions, all spiritual leaders, and all belief systems all lead to the same place in the end.
Like we’re all climbing the same mountain, but we’re just taking different routes to get to the top.
You can follow Jesus, you can follow Buddha, you can follow the teachings of Joseph Smith, you can even follow Oprah, and it really doesn’t matter because we’re all moving in the same direction, and going to the same place.
But, is that really true? Is that even possible?
What do you believe? Who are you going to follow?
And, what exactly did Jesus say when He walked on this earth?
If you want to know what Jesus says, a good place to start is to read what he said. And, the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are where you’ll find Jesus talking the most.
Do you know what Jesus says?
Because, losing a game like Simon Says is one thing.
But, getting what Jesus Says wrong will haunt you forever.
31 “But when the Son of Man[a] comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations[b]will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Matthew 25:31-33 (NLT)