I love to run. It’s hard. I am not fast. I set out with no real goals except to keep moving and finish well. I follow an inner desire to do something that is challenging, something I am not great at, and have set no lofty goals for. Yet, when I run, I feel joy knocking at the door of my heart. Running brings me joy. I am fueled by that joy.
I love Jesus. Sometimes it’s hard. I don’t have a library of verses memorized. I have no real goals for my spiritual growth except to keep growing and finish well. I follow an inner desire to follow someone that I cannot see which is sometimes hard, not being a particularly good follower, and I have no lofty goals. Yet, when I love Jesus, I feel joy knocking at the door of my heart. Loving Jesus brings me joy. I am fueled by that joy.
Luke 9:23 says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (NIV)
In the gospels, Jesus talks a lot about following him. God speaks a lot about following him in the Old Testament. But wait, we are not the only ones doing the following.
Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (NIV). Other translations for Psalm 23:6 use these words instead of ‘follow me’: Pursue me. Stay close with me. Be with me. Chase after me.
I am learning that the more I choose to follow him: God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit, the more his goodness and love follow me.
It goes both ways. His goodness, love, mercy, joy, grace, wisdom, power…his unfathomable glory…follow us as he calls us to follow Him. Why then would we follow our dreams instead of Him and miss out on the joy of him following us with his dreams for us. Why then would we follow our strengths instead of Him and miss out on the joy of him staying close to us to share his strengths with us. Why then would we follow our goals instead of Him and miss out on the joy of him chasing after us with his perfect goals for us. Why then would we follow our own ambitious plans instead of Him and miss out on the joy of him pursuing us with his more worthy, perfect plans for us.
Let’s pick up our cross and live the victorious life. Follow Him.
Jesus said, “Follow Me.”