How Should I Behave?

Derek Ouellette —  March 9, 2010

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.[1]

Fascinating isn’t it?

What does this train of thought mean for the Christian life?

[1][1] N.T. Wright, After You Believe, 2010 p.14

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