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Revelations: 'Why do I follow him?'

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
April 18, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 17, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.


"Why do you follow me?"

I laid my head to rest the other night, struggling to sleep, and this question continued to enter my mind.

Searching for the right answer, I responded, silently, "Because I believe in you."

It wasn't an audible conversation, but I could feel God trying to get my attention.

And so he continued, "Why do you follow me?"

There it was again.

Only this time, all I could respond with, "Because I'm supposed to. Because you make everything better."

It was then I determined there was no right answer. God had placed the question in mind to reflect upon it, and that was all.

With Easter around the corner, it's an appropriate time of year to examine this question.

And for the next little while, that's exactly what I did.

In my time as a faith reporter, I've heard many responses to this or similar questions about why they identify as Christians, why they follow Christ and not some other god.

For many, their answers are superficial: they grew up in the church or the Bible says to, or it's how they remain a "good Christian" (my favorite religion oxymoron).

But I'm always humbled when I meet true followers - the ones who actively pursue Jesus-like transformation; the ones who see it as a merciful dance of faith, rather than an obligation of culture.

These followers have taken their belief in Jesus of Nazareth as a divine messiah seriously. They chose to engage God and the Holy Helper in prayer, asking to gradually shed their old selves and mature into something stronger.

Christianity for them is an identity they claim because they know the renewal power in being a follower of Jesus.

And it is powerful.

So on this Easter, as we remember the death and resurrection, take a moment to ask yourself, "Why do I follow Him?"

You may not have a clear answer right away. But in time, an answer will follow.

Jennifer Preyss is the faith editor for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach her at 361-580-6535 or on Twitter @jenniferpreyss.

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