What does it mean for a Jew to follow Jesus? Yes, they in one sense are still Jews because Jesus Himself was a Jew and thus Christianity has Jewish roots. However, there needs to be changes to their way of life as Jesus brings fulfillment and a new understanding to the promises that God made through the Patriarchs and Prophets. It is quite clear from the New Testament writings that Jesus gives a different understanding to many of the Jewish practices of His time.

There needs to be a conversion of heart to the truths of Gospel in order to follow Jesus. Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile this is true. Whether you lived then or live today this is still true! Whether you were born a Catholic or are a convert this is still true also! There comes a time when on opening our hearts to the Gospel we begin to realize that there are all sorts of things in our lives that should not be there and therefore need to undergo conversion. Conversion is a life-long process. It is never really finished until the day when we meet with god face-to-face in eternal life.

This is what the life and ministry of Jesus is all about. Jesus came to fulfill the promises of God. He also came to present them to us in their fulfillment and to invite us to enter into the new way of life they now offer. The old way of life must be left behind and a new life embarked upon. This is the truth that should inspire us until we reach our destination.

God has committed everything He has to making it work for us. He has even sent His only Son to be our Savior! There is not much more that He can do or reveal to us. We must decide what we are going to do with our lives. Who or what are we going to live for? Only when we decide that we want what God wants for us is the Holy Spirit really able to get to work on our hearts and begin to purify us of our sin and unbelief. Alone the task of conversion is impossible and simply will not occur. Under the power of the Holy Spirit all things become possible. Destination eternal life, here we come!

How much do I really desire to be holy? This is a very simple question, but the answer has ramifications for all eternity! Think carefully before answering.

Jesus, obedience to the will of your Father cost you great suffering and even death on the cross. Grant me the grace to fight against the sin in my life at all costs so to be prepared to meet you face-to-face.