Melvyn Tan
October 25, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

How Do You Become A True Follower Of Christ?

[blockquote source=”2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)”]For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.[/blockquote] Back in 2009 when I first received my NLP certification, I was […]

[blockquote source=”2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)”]For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.[/blockquote]

Back in 2009 when I first received my NLP certification, I was in awe of the tools and techniques. Oftentimes you’d hear me rave about how the techniques have helped transformed my life. For instance, how the swish pattern had helped me changed my emotional connection under specific circumstances.

Other times you’d catch me teaching others the techniques and strategies that I’ve learned during my training. I would even vouch for the training if anyone were to ask me. I have even referred friends, associates, and colleagues.

That was how far I’d go. Then it all changed. I started experimenting with other tools. I became more interested in other techniques. I wanted to go beyond NLP.

As I go in-depth into all the different tools, techniques, and strategies I became “vested”. Because I wanted to prove to myself, as well as to others, what I’ve learned will work. But more importantly, I’d also want to show that my own formulae worked too.

While it is good to be confident, one should also exercise some level of caution. At one point, it became so bad that all I’m doing was simply to look for what others are saying that are congruent with mine.

When that happens, two situations will arise. One, I become so arrogant that I’d simply look for research just to backup my theories. Two, because I do not have a strong foundation of my strategies, it became easy for me to fall prey to whatever seems good.

Both have serious detrimental effects, as it not only caused me to look inwards, but it also caused me to reject any remedies or methods of reconciliation that would save me from my self-inflicted wounds.

In fact, I continued my search for that one true method that will enable me to achieve my success. And along the way, again fell prey to some “false teachers”.

It was not until when I had an encounter, where I believed that I heard God spoke to me and asked me to “Come to Christianity”. I specifically recalled that I was in fact quite excited about the idea of becoming a Christian. That said, I’ve always believed in Christ (or the existence of) but that was about it.

Years later after I became a Christian, once again this urge for me to “look around” happened. Except this time, looking around meant searching for a deeper connection with Christ and also doing more. However, I didn’t know what does “doing more” looks like.

It was not until I picked up the book, “Follow Me” by Pastor David Platt that it started to dawn on me that being a true follower of Christ meant!  In his book, Pastor Platt cautioned that:

[blockquote]To say that you believe in Jesus apart from conversion in your life completely misses the essence of what it means to follow him. Do not be deceived. Your relationship with Jesus and your status before God are not based on a decision you made, a prayer you prayed, a card you signed, or a hand you raised however many years ago. And the Christian life does not ultimately begin with inviting Jesus to come into your heart.[/blockquote]

Ultimately, I’d like to make this invitation to you to join me, walk with me, and let’s encourage each other on this journey as a true follower of Christ:

  • Believe in Jesus: it is only through Him that we can get to God – John 14:6 (NIV) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
  • Be Christ-like: emulate Him – John 13:34-35 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
  • Make disciples: lead others to Him – Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Father I thank You for the Truth.  Bless us as we become a true follower of Christ.  We pray all these in Jesus’ name, Amen.