Genuine Christians obey Jesus’ teachings

People have had a problem with Jesus’ teachings since the very beginning of Christianity. His teachings are radical and unreasonable, they say. They are impossible to live by. Surely Jesus wouldn’t expect us to live like that? They push the Sermon on the Mount into a future dispensation so that they can ignore it. But Jesus himself said, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.”  (John 14:15) 

Our goal with this billboard message is to encourage people to consider the teachings and example of Christ and to follow Him in obedience.

In the book of Matthew Jesus calls us to love Him and obey Him and keep His commandments. He expects us to love our spouses for life. He calls us to love our enemies. He asks us not to take oaths. He teaches that we should not hoard up wealth but rather to share with the poor. He asks us to deny ourselves and take up our cross like He did. As followers of Jesus, we can obey His teachings with a heart of faith and love. This can generally characterize our lives, even if we don’t do it perfectly.

If we realize that we have not followed a teaching of Christ, we can repent, and God will forgive us. If we fail or disobey, we are not condemned. The Apostle John tells us that we have an advocate with the Father through Jesus Christ the righteous when we sin. Jesus is in the business of making us into people who want to obey His will and His word. The beautiful message of the Gospel is that we can be transformed from the inside out.

Perhaps you are aware that the younger generation is disillusioned with a version of Christianity that is propositional but not practical. They are disappointed with people who profess Christianity yet live like those who do not know Christ. They are looking to you and me for a genuine Christianity that takes Jesus word’s seriously. Most people are not looking for Christians to be perfect. They are looking for people who are making a diligent attempt to follow Christ and who will repent when they realize that they are not following His teachings.

Jesus Really Said That?

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Here in America people have developed all sorts of conclusions about salvation, obedience, works, faith, eternal security, etc. that are not based on the truth that Jesus lived and taught.

Here are some of the things Jesus had to say on this topic. When we read verses like these, it is important that we don’t minimize the things Jesus said. Instead we should be willing to cast our lot with Christ in helping to proclaim His teachings around the world.

May God’s grace be upon you as you love and serve King Jesus!

Matthew 25:31-46
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory… “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;… And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Luke 6:46-49
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house…

John 8:31-32
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 14:15, 21, 23-24
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”… “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

John 15:10
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

Rev. 20: 12-13
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

Rev. 22:14
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

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  1. The last verse mentioned rev 22:14 is a very interesting one. As we are all kept in the dark as to who it was speaking these words to John on that fateful day. Re-read this over and over and then read it from the beginning of the chapter you will have to conclude it was none other than the messiah himself pointing to his Father’s commandments (in the third person) and I’m sure all 10 of them I’m sure of that. But then again excuses will be used as to the new way of doing things, and how we no longer have to keep any of the law. Good luck with that as this day in rev 22 approaches and ALL those who live and love a lie will be outside the city with the dogs ect….

  2. Great billboard and great message explaining it. When Christians bare the name of Christian and don’t have the corresponding fruit that goes with that life, then the Name of the LORD is blasphemed among the non-believers because of them. Jesus said a tree is known by its fruit. As well as He who keeps my saying will never die. I believe the reciprocal is also true otherwise why would He say the former.
    Seems like Master Jesus put a lot of emphasis on the importance of following His teachings so we should too. Thanks for the words of truth. God bless.


  3. Just saw this sign on the way to church. Not very encouraging. The word real made me think … as opposed to those who are not real Christians. I’m sure you know that it is not our place to judge who is real and who is not. There is only one judge. I think this sign does more harm than good. Maybe a better message would be : they’ll know we are Christians by the love we show to one another.

    • Like you said, “the word real made me think.” This is the purpose of the sign. Self-examination is biblical (see 1 Cor 11:28 and 2 Cor 13:5). Many people feel that most Christians are hypocrites–they go to church on Sunday (maybe) and act like the world on Monday. Same language, same jokes, same temper tandrums, same appearance as the sinners around them. This sign speaks to that.

    • The word “real” is quite relevant and important in this context. Jesus makes the same point in Matthew 7:21. Love is not some kind of sentimental, blind pixie dust. Love is a commandment just like “Thou shalt not steal.” Love is the greatest commandment when directed towards God and the second greatest when directed towards each other. There is a wrong way to love and right way to love. There is a wrong way to judge and a duty-bound way we are commanded to judge. The wrong kind of judging is condemnation. The right kind of judging is discernment and accountability regarding wrong behaviors towards each other. To fail to hold people accountable for their wrong behaviors that hurt each other and misrepresent Jesus is not love. The concept of not judging each other is often wrongly used to condemn those who aspire to obey the commandments. That’s not love. You cannot love and fail to keep the commandments of Jesus. That is a dangerously false gospel, both for those who teach it and for those who are deceived by it. — [I am not affiliated with the organization sponsoring these billboards and just noticed this one myself for the first time yesterday.]

    • We saw this on the way to church too. Agree the word “Genuine” or “real” is not the best wording and is not encouraging. It should be a Bible verse, like the second greatest commandment. And that we show God’s love by bearing the fruit of the spirit towards one another. But all of us fall short, we all sin and still will fail obeying God at some or many points. The church needs to be a welcoming hospital. Like Jesus, who welcomed the sinner.
      Thank you for your post.

      • Trudie, John 14:15-18, 24 says, If ye love me, keep my commandments. …I will not leave you comfortless. … He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings. Real (Genuine) Christians will do their very best to follow (and love) the way to eternal life through Jesus Christ.

  4. In Luke 14:33 Jesus says we must forsake (abandon with no intentions of returning to) all that we have or we cannot be Hos disciple. Do you believe this is the call?

    • What we have belongs to God and should be under his control. Jesus asked the rich young ruler to sell everything he had. Zacheus gave half his goods to the poor. The widow gave her entire living. I don’t think that one rule applies to all.

  5. The billboard with your message on west bound I-94 just after entering Indiana from Michigan has banners covering up Jesus and instead reads “obey president Trump”.
    Not sure this is your intention after reading this page.

    • No it isn’t our purpose. We deliberately avoid politics. We have a replacement vinyl on order for it, as far as I know. Thanks for contacting us.

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