We choose whom or what we follow.
Some follow music and video personalities. Their mannerisms, their dress, their hairstyle, their priorities all give evidence of their leadership.
Some follow political parties. Blatant on vehicles and t-shirts and social media posts, the chosen party or political ideal is voiced in ballots and checkbooks.
A good question to ask is “Whom am I following?”
We choose whether or not to follow Jesus, and this choice overshadows every other choice we make. We may display it on our cars and in our houses. It will affect our lifestyle and impact our checkbooks and calendars.
But following Jesus is most evident in the daily moment by moment decisions we make.
It includes a giving up of self as we walk in His steps.
Someone cuts you off in traffic –
Another person gets your promotion –
You are misunderstood or wrongly accused –
A task at work asks you to be dishonest –
You are in pain –
Someone hurts you –
You are discouraged, or lonely –
You are worried about the future, or your family, or your finances, or all of the above.
Day by day,
copying the reactions of the Savior, allowing Him to mold you into His image.
Step by step,
making His love visible to each heart you pass.
A daily commitment.
A lifetime journey.
An amazingly worthwhile goal.
Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.
Romans 12: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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