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.
“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?”
“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
Kathleen 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.