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Followers of Christ

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8

Laurel S.
I want to change the world. I know that sounds like a response in a beauty pageant, but, honestly, it’s true.

I’ve spent the last several days at a conference for Christians in Social Work. We are a group with diverse backgrounds and beliefs, but we have one major factor in common.

We are all Christians.

Strike that.

We are all followers of Christ.

You see, it is very easy to say, “I am a Christian.” Many people do. But. From where I sit by a warm fire in St. Louis, I believe that not all who call themselves Christians are followers of Christ. Thank God it’s HIS job to see and judge the heart.

I am guessing that many of my fellow social workers think fairly often of the Scripture verse that reads, “Faith without Works is dead” (James 2:17). While we are saved by Faith alone, we are called to serve others. This service varies. It may not even always be “social work”. Yet, it is working in the name of our faith…which is very much alive.

Jesus Christ has never changed and will never change. We should not conform to this ever-changing world. A world that is becoming less tolerate of Christians. Instead, be bold and follow the example of Jesus…love others, serve others, and point them to the One who saves.  You see, that is what it means to be a follower of Christ.
And, if you are, it’s just fine to call yourself a Christian. I am a Christian too.

Editor’s note: This post has been reprinted here with permission from its author.  Laurel S. is a licensed social worker with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.  She is a former psychotherapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is currently on the faculty at Capella and Liberty Universities. She has been a member of NACSW since August of 2011. Laurel’s blog can be found at  Lessons from Laurel


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