Job 35: Why Should I Follow Jesus?
In Job 35, we hear Elihu continue his monologue, and he is now accusing Job of self-righteousness.
Job 35:2 Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?
Job 35:3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?
It is worth mentioning that Job never said this literally, but that was how Elihu understood a lot of what we have been hearing so far. To be fair, I think this is a question that still comes up today. If I become a Christian, how is it going to make my life better?
On the surface, it might not look like Christianity does that for you. For instance, even though we don’t experience this in America, there are still plenty of places in the world where you could be putting your life in jeopardy simply for following Jesus.
So, what then must be our advantage? Why do people bother following? It is not as if just a few crazy people have done it. Millions and perhaps billions of people have made this decision.
To be fair, it is not just one thing. We could talk about the forgiveness of sins, the love of God, the freedom from sin, the promise of eternity in heaven or the joy of having a relationship with Jesus. We could talk about any one of those and honestly have enough content to write a book.
For today, here is what it means for us. Christianity has a lot to offer. However, we also need to keep in mind that there are things that may temporarily seem to be better. While you are living in the world, it is certainly easier to just go with the flow. It is the path of least resistance, and it might be easier.
That is the battle we are up against as Christians. We are engaging people who might be sure that they are in the best possible spot. Although we understand that Christianity is a life-changing thing, other people might not be so ready for their lives to be changed.
That is why understanding these advantages is important. We are called to give something up, but we are being given things that are much greater. If we can show people why Christianity means so much to us and why it is ultimately a better way, we have done our job of sharing. God provides the spark of interest from the person and provides the growth, but it is our job to be willing to share. That is what we were commissioned to do.