If this man accepted Gandhi's proposal he may have learned humility, love, and peace. The man was already in misery and Gandhi was proposing a way out. This man was a prisoner of his beliefs keeping him locked up in misery. In order to follow Gandhi's instructions this man would be required to disregard his current system of beliefs and live in opposition to his understanding. His friends and family may shun him. In many ways this is what it is like living for God. Our world in the western civilization is more about selfishness, greed, lust, individuality, competition, lies, and power. God's ways are more about love, forgiveness, peace, mercy, generosity, gentleness, kindness, and compassion. The spirit may call us to perform actions that do not fit with our understanding nor the world's.
When we make ourselves dependent upon God we surrender everything to who God is, God's character, and God's will. Our life, thoughts, beliefs, effort, strength, time, and energy ought to increasingly revolve around God's purposes while decreasing in the world's ways. We are to love others as Jesus loved. We cannot serve a God we do not understand. Understanding comes through study, examination, testing, and to experience God's ways while reflecting upon the results. We ought to read the bible ourselves, follow the instructions in it, pray for help to understand, listen, learn, consult, collaborate, and adjust. Setting a practice of prayer to seek God's character each morning helps us to get right with God as we begin the day.
Scripture on following God
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Mark 8:34 The Way of the Cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Luke 5:11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Luke 5:28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Luke 14:27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Read John 6:25-71
Jesus the Bread of Life
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Many Disciples Desert Jesus
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.) 43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 10:4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Romans 2:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
1 Corinthians 1:11-13 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
1 Corinthians 14:1 [ Intelligibility in Worship ] Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.
Galatians 6:15-17 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
Ephesians 2:2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Ephesians 2:3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
Ephesians 5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
Philippians 3:17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
2 Thessalonians 3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,
1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Hebrews 4:11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
2 Peter 2:2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
2 Peter 2:10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;
2 Peter 2:15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness.
2 Peter 3:3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires
Jude 1:16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
Jude 1:18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”
Jude 1:19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
God calls us to into mercy, forgiveness, peace, and love.
From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God
Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Obedience to God is giving freely our time, energy, and resource toward God's principles & Character
In the clip below, the man in the bed is asked how to escape going to hell. This is Gandhi who demonstrated great love, mercy, forgiveness, generosity, kindness, peace, and other attributes of God. He sacrificed himself for the benefit of others. This is exactly how the Bible calls us to live.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Gandhi was in the process of starving himself to end a war. His followers who were fighting were very concerned. A man did a terrible thing and was poisoned with fear of going to hell. He had killed a Muslim. Please watch with an mind and heart seeking understanding of God's character. It speaks volumes to the inner struggle we all face, pride, when called to serve in love and mercy.
Do our lives revolve around God or Christ? Do we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ? Are we increasing in the fruit of the spirit, applying every effort, confessing our sins, forgiving others, and building God's kingdom? We ought to be progressively moving in this manner in thought, attitude, and action. We ought to develop in a progressive manner more of God's character. Whenever we falter we can restart in prayer. We can prompt ourselves toward God's character, humble ourselves, and participate in God's grace.
We can love & care for others:
Listening wholeheartedly with compassion and empathy to better understand how they feel.
Help someone in what they are doing by simply asking, "Can I help."
Change our routines at home. Make what we do at home build love, patience, kindness. Learn how to communicate boundaries and feelings in truth and love. Seek peace and gentleness.
Let us not judge results from our choices by superficial means, but instead think of what difference we can make spiritually in hearts, souls, and demonstration of spiritual character. People do more of what they see other people do. We ought to act in Godly ways as a demonstration for others. In such a way we may become the light of God and salt for the earth.