Follower or Admirer?

I encourage you to prayerfully read a quote from Søren Kierkegaard’s book Provocations.  This quote causes one to seriously reflect on their relationship to the King.
   “Admirers are only all too willing to serve Christ as long as proper caution is exercised, lest one personally come in contact with danger. As such, they refuse to accept that Christ’s life is a demand. In actual fact, they are offended at him. His radical, bizarre character so offends them that when they honestly see Christ for who he is, they are no longer able to experience the tranquility they so much seek after. They know full well that to associate with him too closely amounts to being up for examination. Even though he “says nothing” against them personally, they know that his life tacitly judges theirs.
   “And Christ’s life indeed makes it manifest, terrifyingly manifest, what dreadful untruth it is to admire the truth instead of following it. When there is no danger, when there is a dead calm, when everything is favorable to our Christianity, it is all too easy to confuse an admirer with a follower. And this can happen very quietly. The admirer can be in the delusion that the position he takes is the true one, when all he is doing is playing it safe. Give heed, therefore, to the call of discipleship!” [1]
I don’t know about you, but Kierkegaard’s words make me seriously reflect on what living in the Reign is really all about.
M

[1]  Kierkegaard, Søren. “Truth and the Passion of Inwardness:  Followers not Admirers.” In Provocations, 86.Rifton: Plough Publishing House, 2011.

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