Following Jesus

Then a teacher of the law came up to Him and said,
“Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens, and birds have nests,
but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
Matthew 8:19-20

As you step out to follow Jesus where He leads you, don’t cling tightly to what makes you feel secure. This goes against our nature because our heart desires what is safe and predictable. We want to be nestled in the comfort of everything familiar and unthreatening, not faced with the uncertainty of what lies around an unknown corner. However, if we surrender to the power of our insecurities, we may never get to the place God wants us to go, and we will miss out on the amazing journey He has planned for us.

Those who followed Jesus when He walked on this earth had futures filled with many uncertainties. Where would they sleep? What would they eat? Where would they be tomorrow or in a few months? However, those who let go of all they knew, and instead trusted in Jesus, participated in the greatest journey this earth has ever witnessed. Sometimes, their days were filled with hardships and seemingly impossible circumstances, but they were also filled with perfect purpose, joy, and hope as they embarked upon an unstoppable mission led by the greatest guide.

God wants us to embrace the journey He has planned for us too, even as we face the unknown. It is there that we will find our great purpose and our great joy. It is there we will come alive in ways we never have and will rise to challenges that we could never conquer on our own. When we step out in faith, God will reach out to sustain and empower us with the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:19- 20 NLT), so that we can accomplish the amazing works He has planned for us.

Therefore, in the face of such great knowledge, let us throw off everything that hinders … and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1). Let us confidently proclaim, I will follow You wherever You go!

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by Jill Holler

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 Jill Holler grew up on a farm in western Illinois, enjoying a life of running free through the pastures during the day and gazing at the countless shimmering stars at night. All around her, she could see the work of God’s creative hand, and she knew He was real. Yet it wasn’t until years later that she would discover the abundant life of faith that comes from taking hold of the living power that resides in God and His word. After struggling to find purpose and meaning for much of her young adult life, she found that it resides simply–yet powerfully–in Jesus Christ, her God and Savior.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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