Nothing is more dangerous than a runaway religion. The quest for God, gone wrong, unwittingly and unknowingly becomes the quest for Satan.
Being like Jesus doesn’t begin with behavior but beholding. It cannot be sustained by mere imitation, it requires impartation.
Everyone was looking for Jesus. No one realized he was already there. People were talking about him everywhere. No one realized he was listening in.
One word captures what Jesus is looking for from his followers: union.
Jesus reveals a completely different kind of life—eternal life. It is different in quality, quantity, depth, love, and power.
Chances are if we are not following alongside the kind of people now who followed Jesus then we are probably not following Jesus, but some variety of establishment religion.