Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What an awesome morning and it must be April for we are beginning the day with a little bit of rain…soon there will be ‘mayflowers’ …and then come the Pilgrims! I trust that you have had a good weekend and Monday- ready for “Holy Week” and the many opportunities that may come our way to simply share the reason for the “hope” we have in our daily lives. I will be praying for you today, asking Father to fill you with an unexplainable joy and a powerful hope that will be noticeable to those around you.
This week’s devotional thought comes from a friend: “Following God is not about sitting back and waiting for life–it’s about being courageous and going for it.” – Joyce Meyer, Everyday Study. I shared with my church family that during the ministry of Jesus, he never once led them to a prayer bench or a ritual or a set of rules/regulations or to recite a ‘sinner’s prayer’ – he simply invited people to ‘follow Him’!
I have spent a few thoughtful moments pondering what it means to follow Jesus…and found some words and phrases that suggest anything but a ‘sitting back waiting’ kind of experience. I was reminded of a “blessing card” I received that said…”Don’t wait for a train at the bus station!” – I know it is deep! Anyway I discovered that following Jesus suggests: have an active prayer life; being passionate in praise; having a spirit of abandonment; being obedient to things I don’t understand and sometimes not even comfortable with; it means being speechless in amazement; it means having a healthy fear of his power and therefore doing life while being afraid; it means being ready to admit my need; it means having a sense of urgency; it means being able to ‘wait’ well; it means having a ‘rule book’ to lay aside in order to find liberty; it means finding victory in the midst of defeat; it means…whole lot more of being teachable in spite of what you think you know.
I think that I would rephrase a verse of Scripture that was our Sunday text: Jesus looked at her and said, “Didn’t I tell you that if you will follow me (believe in me), you will see God unveil his power?” John 11:40 TPT. It seems to me that as the season changes that our Shepherd understands that we have spent enough time in the safety and security of the pasture and He is longing to take us to a new one – a little further on and a little higher up.
Be blessed…and keep following!