Would You Follow Jesus Today?
Welcome back, Simpletons!
The lads have returned for another episode of everyone’s favourite 80’s pop group tribute show! (We had to make this joke eventually.)
Conrads come forth from the darkened embers of introspection and thrown something into the mix with the lads that could actually be genuinely thought-provoking. (E-gads!)
Before we get to that though, Conrad has brought with him a bottle of the best (cheapest) white wine he could find on such short notice - Fishbone 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillion.
“This is actually way better than what I was anticipating.” - Matt
“Well yeah, did you think I’d bring in some shit wine for the show?” - Conrad
“Yes.” - Matt
Man Out of Time
So yeah, Jesus being around in the modern-day brings up an interesting concept. We’d explain it, but instead, we’re just going to paraphrase a bit from Sadghurus meditation on the topic.
“When Jesus was first around, only twelve people actually followed him and one of them freaked on him anyway in the end. Nowadays, if Jesus came to the U.S and said “follow me”, you’d have to go to the bank and sort out your house mortgage, or boat mortgage or holiday home or whatever. That’s the problem, nobody would follow Jesus because they’d first have to go to the bank!” - Sadghuru
Ultimately, the point that Sadghuru’s trying to get to here is that, in reality, the number of people that would both believe some bloke calling himself Jesus and then following him would be quite small, if not smaller than when Jesus was apparently first around.
A lot of this would, of course, be down to scepticism. But, as Sadghuru argues, a lot more of it would be down to the idea that people simply wouldn’t be able to commit to the role of following Jesus, or anyone for that fact, as they’d be too enslaved to the system that they operate in.
When we commit ourselves to a mortgage or loan or anything like that we are, according to Sadghuru, limiting ourselves massively each time and reducing our ability to choose our own path.
And those that cannot choose for themselves are(you guessed it) slaves in everything but name.
So, it comes as very little surprise to hear that Jesus probably wouldn’t get that much of a wild reception these days. Though admittedly, he didn’t get a great welcome the last time he was around...crucifixion and all that...
This get’s us all caught up to Conrad’s real point - Why do we put obstacles in front of our goals?
It seems like a strange form of behaviour given that so many people seem to be left saddened by an inability to follow their dreams. Yet, it’s incredibly common. Most of the time we put obstacles such as “I don’t have the time.” or “I have other responsibilities” in the way, being sure to, at least subconsciously, ensure that we don’t have the capacity to actually make the change required to take advantage of an opportunity when required.
“A spider creates a web to trap other insects. Whereas a human creates a web to trap themselves.” - Sadghuru
Funnily enough, the primary reason we do this seems to be down to fear.
What kind of fear? Well, it’s not a fear of failure like we always seem to believe. It’s a fear of success. Because with success comes change and humans usually hate change and avoid it if they can help the situation.
So, to make a long story short, embrace the change that comes with continued success and don’t allow yourself to be tied down to a situation that isn’t flexible or leave you with limited choices.
Nice one Conrad.
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