Sunday, January 18, 2015

Join me.... Follow me



 
This time I want to focus on those 2 simple words, that make a simple phrase. This seems like a simple enough task. "Follow Me"...that's easy, right?

Matthew 4:19 says: "Come, follow Me" Jesus says "And I will make you fishers of men."

Luke 14:25-27 says: Many people were traveling with Jesus. He said to them, “If you come to me but will not leave your family, you cannot be my follower. You must love me more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—even more than your own life! Whoever will not carry the cross that is given to them when they follow me cannot be my follower.

Matthew 16:24 says:  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

John 1:38 says:  Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

John 8:12 says:  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.”

Jesus tells us time and time again to "Follow Me" yet this is the biggest struggle in life.

WHY?

It is so hard because it goes against everything that this world has taught us. We are taught, from little kids, that more is better. You HAVE to have this thing in order to be loved. You shouldn't have to struggle...ever. If you just do this then life will be easier. 

This world is also consistently telling us that we are not good enough. You are too fat. You are too short. You are too skinny. You are too tall. Your house is not big enough. You don't drive a fancy enough car. You don't make enough money. Your face isn't perfect. 

The answer
 
Leave EVERYTHING behind, take up your cross, and FOLLOW ME. What does this REALLY mean?
It means taking the hard road. It means letting go of everything you know and are comfortable with. It means that you must give more then you may be willing to. It means you have to TRUST someone that you have never seen. 

WHAT?!?! Wait a minute! I have a hard time trusting the people in my life that I can see with my own eyes. Now I am supposed to trust someone who I have never met? He won't let me take anything with and he refuses to tell me the path that we will be traveling? I just don't think I can do that. I mean, I am really lost without my GPS to show me EXACTLY where I need to go and the estimated time of arrival. You can't possibly expect me to go anywhere without it, can you?

YES! That is exactly what we are called to do. It is a hard road and many have died while traveling it, but at the end of it is HEAVEN! What could possibly be better then that? And the best part is that we are called to bring as many friends as we can along on the journey! We are not called to bring our GPS, our car, or our guilt. We are called to trust GOD and join Him in eternal life with all of our closest friends. 

Isn't that the best news you have heard all day? So here is what you have to do...

1 You have to REALLY believe that you are already loved. No matter what! He doesn't care how big or small you are. He doesn't care about what you have or don't have. He cares about what is in your heart. He cares about how you treat others. He cares about you, even if you don't care about Him.

2 If you have wronged someone, you need to make it right. If you have sinned then you need to acknowledge it and say your sorry.

3 You need to get rid of the idea that you know it all. You need to stop thinking that your plans are going to work out how YOU want them... or when you want them.

4 You need to gather your friends, link arms, and walk together in this life so you can be together in the next.

5 Lastly, you need to FOLLOW HIM... no matter what. Trust Him and His path for you. After all, He did create you from just a little cell and and you have all of the parts that you need. He might know what he is doing. He just might know more then you.






 

1 comment :

  1. Ha! Now I thought you were going to tell your readers how to follow YOU. Instead I read a nice devotional. I'm going to have to save this to my Evernote and read it when the children are sleeping and the house is quiet.

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