Follow Him

I invite you to read Kathleen’s post that will tug at your heart as you make the decision to follow Jesus in your daily life.

Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Kathleen Flanagan

“Come, follow Me, ”Jesus said,“and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19 NIV

 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

…  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.” Luke 18:18, 22

Following.  It’s a concept that conjures up all sorts of mental images depending on the scenario.  For instance, we follow the lead of a dance partner, the advice of our doctor, the policies of our employer, the rules of the road, or the mandates of the I.R.S.  Many of us follow willingly; others of us follow in protest; and still others refuse to follow at all, preferring their own methods.

Similarly, when it comes to matters of the spirit, we all follow someone or something:  God, family, friends, the pastor, our opinions or personal desires, the culture, etc.  For me, there came a time of great struggle when I found myself wrestling with that very thing: the choosing of who or what would be Lord of my life; who I would or wouldn’t follow.  It meant that I had to bid farewell to world’s normal and/or the dictates of my own flesh.

At the heart of my heart is the mechanism for following.  It requires death-to-self lest I wiggle and whine about wearing His yoke, or balk at moving forward on the path He stretches ahead of me.   What’s more, it’s an imperative to not lean on my own understanding.  Likewise, it means not giving others the impression they ought to follow me.  Abundant life does not reside in the flesh; someone else’s flesh, or my own.

Make no mistake:  I have not arrived.  This business of following does not come easy to that part of me that likes to fan the folly of the flesh at times.  I love the limelight (being the youngest child), I love recognition (being fairly competitive), and I love control (being duped by the notion I actually have any).

Thank God He’s given us the antidote for self-will:  His Spirit.  That means He is forever leading.  The only question I have to ask myself each new morning (and often throughout the day):  “Will you follow Him, Kathleen?”

Will you?

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.  The words I have spoken

to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63 NIV

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 8:12 NKJV

HeadshotKathleen Flanagan shares a wide array of transparent life experience with her pen.  Faith and family are the bookends to her life as a wife, mother and grandmother.  Until her recent retirement, Kathleen juggled a career in business management and church ministry.  From the vantage point of her now-senior life, she shares the very personal aspects of her walk with Jesus ~ the good, the bad and the ugly.  Her sassy perspectives will make you laugh, or cry, or think deeply about the trajectory of your life.    She can be reached via her Blog at Sassy Granny.

14 Responses to Follow Him

  1. Kathleen,

    Powerful. Transparent.

    Your question is one we must all ask ourselves. It’s my hearts desire to follow hard after Jesus every day and when my flesh, life’s circumstances and the enemy get in my way, I pray (repent), and ask the Holy Spirit to get me back in step with Jesus quickly.

    Your message is a transparent reminder of the CHOICE we must make every day, every moment–Follow Jesus. It’s the best decision we could ever make. Life-changing.

    Love you.

    • I meant for my reply (below) to show up here. Must have had a (nother) senior moment. See below. Hugs, blessings & prayers!

    • I like that you used the word “desire”, Andrea. No matter how insistent is the flesh, He is faithful to grant our heart’s desire. Thank you for sharing your journey, especially your eye for the beauty of His creation.

      Love,
      Kathleen

  2. You’re so right, Lisa. It’s all about choice. While the world offers a tempting smorgasbord for moving forward, the Lord makes it much easier in that He alone is the way, the truth, and the life. How grateful am I that He places our feet on such solid ground!

    Thank you for the privilege of serving alongside you, sweet friend.

    Kathleen

  3. If I could just bring it down to the one question each and every day (Will you follow him, Elaine?), life might roll out a little easier, with more clarity and less distraction. In all that I do, whatever the size of the task, I pray for a heart and an obedience that willingly walks where the Savior leads. Much to chew on this morning, friend. God’s timing in this is right on time. peace~elaine

    • What a mouthful. Clarity … less distraction … obedience … willingness. I’d say that’s a recipe for success if ever there was one. So I join you today (and always) in this matter of “chewing”, knowing full well that we have tasted & seen that He is good. I am so thankful that we share now & forever His many such banquets!

      Kathleen

  4. I love the antidote for self-will: His Spirit. How easy it is to give in to our flesh. Trusting Him and choosing to follow Him and His ways is the way to go. I love that He even gives me the desire to follow Him. I make the ‘heart choice’ to obey. Beautiful post Kathleen!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • I appreciate your perspective, Debbie, especially since I know the price you’ve paid for choosing to follow Him along some very treacherous, dark paths. Thank you for sharing your heart choices. I’ve no doubt they encourage others (and me) to do likewise.

      Love,
      Kathleen

  5. I smiled big at “and I love control (being duped by the notion I actually have any).” This is a great word and encouragement for those of us on the journey of faith and a dying to self. I haven’t arrived either so I always need to pause and listen to messages like this…and then apply them!

  6. Kathleen,

    Thank you for your transparency! Like others have mentioned, it’s not always easy to follow the mandates set before us, especially because we live in this flesh. Making a conscious decision to follow Jesus and follow the commands set before us, does indeed have its eternal rewards.

    Blessings to you!

  7. Good! Seems like everything I read lately reminds me of old hymns stored away in my mind. This one makes me think of the song that says “Where He leads me, I will follow…..I’ll go with Him, with Him, all the way”. I confess that I need more of that desire!

    • I’m a fan of the old hymns myself, Marilyn. I like the one you shared, which put me in mind of another I treasure: “I Surrender All”. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, as well as the beauty of song.

      Kathleen

  8. I’m thinking of an old hymn too… Follow, follow, I will follow Jesus. Any where, everywhere I will follow him. Thank you got this beautiful post Kathleen. It isn’t always easy yo follow him but, I know it is worth
    it.

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