Followership: Unique, But Not Isolated

When we step upon the “way,” we find ourselves entering into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  Sweet says, “We walk along the unique path that is our one and only life” (p. 65).  Jesus has no desire to create clones; he is making disciples—each with his/her own soul print and Kingdom configuration.

But….the uniqueness of our journey does not mean it is a private one.  This is one of the great danger in the disciple-making process—to create a “me and Jesus” spirituality, which not only damages the personal dimension of it, but then (with the help of the ego) sets up our “version” of Christianity (in theology and practice) as the one-size-fits-all example for everyone else.

Instead, when we step onto the way, “we do not go alone” (p. 65).  We step onto a path that includes the saints of the ages, our current companions, and (by implication) all those who will come to faith until Christ returns (see John 17:20).

One of the challenges of the spiritual life is to claim the uniqueness of our experience without allowing it to fall into isolationism.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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