A note to encourage you

By Pastor German Ricca

Note of Encouragement

Jesus Consumer versus Jesus Follower

I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus our Christ. Today, I want to remind you of the
difference between a Jesus consumer and a Jesus follower. None of us want to be called a "Jesus consumer," I get that, but sometimes our behaviors communicate something different. I woke up this morning with a Psalm in my heart that led me to write this Note to you.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way." Psalms 139:23, 24

So, to describe the contrast, please read below the characteristics of each one and let the Holy Spirit search in your heart and point to whatever needs to be pointed. It was a good exercise for me; I pray our Father will speak to your heart today and lead you in the everlasting way.

Being a Consumer:
1. Self-centered: Consumers prioritize their own desires and preferences above all else. A
desire for personal gain and satisfaction drives their actions.
2. Transactional: Consumers approach relationships and experiences with a mindset of
exchange. They seek to get the most benefit for the least amount of effort or investment.
3. Instant gratification: Consumers prioritize immediate pleasure and gratification over
long-term growth or fulfillment. The latest trends and fads effortlessly sway them.
4. Materialistic: Consumers place a high value on material possessions and external
markers of success. They measure their worth by what they own or how others perceive
5. Short-term focus: Consumers are focused on the here and now, often neglecting to
consider the long-term consequences of their actions or their impact on others and the
world around them.

Being a Follower of Jesus:
1. Purpose-driven: A follower of Jesus seeks to align their life with the teachings and
example of Jesus Christ. Their actions are guided by a desire to love God and love others
as themselves.
2. Sacrificial: Following Jesus often requires sacrifice and selflessness. A follower of Jesus
is willing to give up personal comforts and desires in order to serve others and advance
the kingdom of God.
3. Character-focused: Followers of Jesus prioritize developing virtues such as love,
compassion, humility, and forgiveness. They recognize that true transformation comes
from the inside out, as they allow the Holy Spirit to shape their character.
4. Others needs-centered: Followers of Jesus are concerned with the needs of others and
seek to serve and uplift those around them. They are compassionate and empathetic,
actively seeking ways to alleviate suffering and bring healing to brokenness.
5. Eternal perspective: Followers of Jesus understand that life is about more than
temporary pleasures and material possessions. They focus on building treasures in heaven
rather than accumulating wealth and status on earth.

Questions to think and pray about:
What do you need to change not to be a consumer?
Which characteristics of being a Jesus Follower do you have to improve?