Which Comes First?
You've heard the old question: "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Well, in #ec1dot09 we talk about which comes first, following or confession. Peter left his previous life to follow Jesus in a moment's notice and declared Jesus as Lord much later. So, if we go by this example, it would be easy to say that following comes first and confession later.
While I did argue this point in our conversation, I do not believe that this is true for everyone. I think that some people need to follow something, test it out, try it on, etc before they can make a confession that they believe in it. Peter did not know Jesus, yet he started to follow. It was only after he witnessed the miracles and walked beside Him for many months that he finally confessed Jesus was Lord.
I can see the other side of the argument, too. Some people will make the confession first and then begin following. Take Paul for example: after his Damascus road conversion, he confessed Jesus as Lord and then began following Him relentlessly.
I've pondered on this quite a bit since we recorded #ec1dot09 and I think that there is another category as well, one that is cyclical and that I fall into. I grew up in the church and cannot remember a time before I believed or confessed Jesus as Lord. As I grew, I did my best to follow Him. Until one day, my "faith" didn't quite fit anymore and I needed to rediscover it for myself rather than rely on the faith of my parents. (Remember what we talked about in #ec1dot07?) I found myself making a confession again, this one more personal, which led to a new season of following Him.
Do you believe confession comes before following or vice versa? Wherever you find yourself, following, confessing, searching, or indifferent, I'd love to hear more. If nothing else, Empty Church is a place where we can openly and honestly discuss our faith because at the end of the day we all have faith in something. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.