I was reading Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. From my oppinion it is a great book, it allows you to doubt, question and ground yourself in why you believe what you believe. Something I have learned over the past year is after being asked the question “why do you believe that?”
Growing up in a Christian home, a lot of my beliefs were my parents and when people would question me on my faith I had no footholds to stand in because I truly didn’t know why I believed most things, it was just what I had grown up in. After being questioned and proded to why I had such beliefs I began to search for myself, I began to learn and ground myself in what I truly believed and many things since then have changed and continue to change. My foundation is slowly hardening and as I am becoming grounded I am slowly building my relationship with Jesus finally coming to terms that I am a chosen one and you are too.
Back tracking to the book Velvet Elvis , I learned that Jesus was a Rabbi. Rabbi’s back in those days we’re ones who studied, learned and spent their lives dedicated to the word of God-they we’re the chosen ones. The one’s who weren’t chosen by a Rabbi we’re rejected and took up their family trade whether that be a fisherman, farming, blacksmith etc. Jesus was a Rabbi who went to the rejects, the one’s who didn’t make the cut. Instead of the students seeking out and finding a Rabbi who they aspired to be like, Jesus went and choose His disciples. Why do you think when Jesus went to Peter and Andrew and said “come follow me” they dropped everything to follow Him? It is because they we’re the ones who didn’t make the cut in the first place, they we’re fishermen, they took up their family trade because they weren’t chosen. However Jesus went to them and choose them and when Jesus died on the cross, He choose you, He choose me because He has faith in us. He believes that we can become like Him. The Rabbi would choose Disciples who they had faith in, who they truly believed would be like them, who would learn and grow and gain their knowledge, understanding and stature.
Jesus always questioned, He didn’t want information spit back at him, He wanted to make sure His students could take His questions a step forward. He wanted His Disciples to truly believe and understood why they had such faith.
Jesus has chosen us to be His Disciples and He died knowing that we are truly capable of following Hil, following in His footsteps and being moulded and shaped into men and women like Him.
As Jesus choose me, I am going to continue to choose Him-His way of living, His values and ethics. Although I have faith in Him, it is comforting to know He too has faith in me.
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.”