Rather than review N.T. Wright’s new book, After You Believe, I have decided to “muse” my way through it. As I slowly make my way from chapter to chapter – absorbing the goods – I’ll post short morsels of insights gleaned from Wright.
Answer: Follow Me
Wright briefly considers the haunting scene in the Gospels [Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-30] of an eager young rich Jew who runs up to Jesus with a question which, says Wright, is really about “How should I behave now in this life that I might inherit the Age to Come?” Wright comments:
The question, “How should I behave?” contains two significantly different questions.
The first is content: In what way should I behave? In other words, what specific things should I do and not do? The second is means: by what means am I able to do and not do? Wright concludes this train of thought with a great observation:
Interestingly, Jesus seems to have given both sides of this question the same answer: “Follow me!” That is both what you should do and how you should do it.
Fascinating isn’t it?
What does this train of thought mean for the Christian life?
 N.T. Wright, After You Believe, 2010 p.14