Friday, March 27, 2015
Jesus Swagger - Book Review
It's not just calling yourself a Christian. It's not just going to church every Sunday. It's not just placing a Jesus fish on your car.
According to author Jarrid Wilson, Jesus Swagger is a lifestyle that follows the teachings of Jesus. It's living a life that reflects Jesus' example. Many people claim to be Christians, but they don't walk the walk. They don't have swagger.
In his book Jesus Swagger: Break Free from Poser Christianity, Wilson challenges Christians to take a leap of faith, to garner up the courage, to fear/respect God enough to truly walk the path Jesus paved. It's hard! Any Christian knows that. In order to walk the Jesus path, you've got to detour off your own selfish path, giving up what you want for what God wants.
In the first chapter, Wilson gives eight examples of differences between being a believer and being a follower. It's not enough to just believe in Christ. You've got to follow his teachings. It's all about your actions. Are you acting in a way that shows people Christ? I once read somewhere that people should be able to look at you and see Christ. That's what this book is about. Can people just tell you're a Christian or are you doing a good job of hiding it because you fear what others will say about you?
One of the passages in the book that stuck out to me was about Mother Teresa. Everyone knows what a great person Mother Teresa was. She's truly unique and one-of-a-kind. But if there are so many Christians in the world, shouldn't there be more people like Mother Teresa? How can there only be one person out of so many who is willing to show the love of Jesus in such an unabashedly public way? There should be millions of Mother Teresas out in the world!
There's a lot of good information in this book. I don't think much of it is unique, but it is a good reminder to Christians to reevaluate where they stand. This would be a book to take off the bookshelf every so often to keep your faith journey in check, to give you strength to be Christ-like without abandon.
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