God’s messing with me again. I used to pull away from the gentle pressure of His hand on my back because I knew powerful lessons were just steps away. But now, I’ve learned to anticipate a new and sometimes difficult path, knowing the final destination will be worth every effort.
Satan works overtime trying to steer us in the wrong direction. He throws obstacles in our way and then kicks back hoping to be entertained by a good fit of anger or, at the very least, a discouraging defeat. I’m sure he enjoys my performances many times, but I don’t like him at all and it’s never my plan to put the slightest twinkle in his eye!
Thankfully, God’s Word provides the savvy I need to be aware of Satan’s plan. He’s been working on my family in a variety of ways lately and I’m on to him. He wants us to lose our focus because he’s scared of what might happen if we all decide to become true followers and not just mere believers. I’m glad to say God’s work outshines Satan’s every time. I believe God is slowly unveiling a plan for our family that will test and refine us. He’s probably doing the same thing for you too.
I felt God’s nudge when my husband came home with a boatload of books from LifeWay week before last. Then, my daughter, Jennifer, gave me a book for Mother’s Day by one of those same authors my husband had selected – David Platt. I read Radical Together and Follow Me this past weekend. I’d love for you to read these and let me know what you think – especially if you are a church leader.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry He invited His apostles to follow Him and become fishers of men. The apostles didn’t invite Jesus into their hearts. Jesus did the inviting. He asked them to become followers so they could make more followers. He handed out the invitation, but the choice to follow was theirs. We have that same choice. Do we move from merely believing to becoming followers who go wherever He decides is best? Are we willing to share Jesus’ mission to teach and serve? Are we willing to step outside the church building with our faith?
After Jesus’ resurrection He gave what has been dubbed “The Great Commission”. He charged the eleven disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” He didn’t tell them to go sit in a building for an hour or two every week and feel satisfied with their salvation. He didn’t tell them to feed on the Word and never share what they learned.
Jesus wants us to see unsaved people through His eyes. I accompanied my husband on a business trip this weekend and was ashamed when I realized how I had wrongly judged so many of those people I see year after year. Instead of deciding ahead of time that few of them would be interested in Jesus, God showed me just how hungry they were for someone to admit their affection for Jesus. It was an enlightening path and one I’m glad I followed.
Jesus has stretched out His hand and is waving us toward Him. He wants us to follow Him to the next room, the grocery store, work, school, next door, down the street, across town, cross country and maybe even across the world to tell others about His life, love, grace, mercy, death and resurrection. Realizing we are never absent from His presence through the power of His Spirit becomes the most profound part of the journey.
I think I like Him messing with me. 😀 What about you?