Tis the Season…
During the holidays, it’s a perfect time to take a break and reflect on our purpose in life and the birth of Jesus. The angels sang “Unto us a Savior is born!” Christmas is about hope – hope in Jesus. He simply says “Follow Me.” (I wrote the following article in 2009)
Think of it like this…
Jesus has been trying to get you to join Him for a night out but you put Him off because sometimes He hangs out where you have no desire to go.
At first He might not even tell you where He wants to take you. Most likely He wants to surprise you so when you ask Him where He wants to take you, He might not say.
All He says is “Oh, you’ll see. Just follow me.”
So this time you say “OK, why not.”
You decide to follow Him whenever He calls. So you say “OK – let me know when, and I’ll rearrange so that I can go.”
He says, “Great! I will.”
Fairly soon you hear from Him, either while you’re reading the bible, or in prayer driving to work, or maybe something happens – an out-of-the-ordinary circumstance. If you never read your bible or pray, this seems most likely.
The circumstance can be really wonderful or it might seem really bad.
Either way, you are aware of Jesus being near, letting you know He’s there in the midst of your circumstances, and He says, “Follow Me.”
So you say, “OK, if you really want me to go with You, I’ll go but you’ve got to understand, I have these circumstances going on right now.”
He says, “I know. Just trust me on this. You’ll be glad you did. Come with me. It’ll be great.”
So you say “OK” knowing that you’re a little leery but you’re going with Him. You said you would.
As you follow Him, you start to feel less leery.
That’s when He reminds you to look behind you. And sure enough, there they are…
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Psalm 23
You sigh with relief, take a deep breath and feel something a little like excitement. You’re with Him. You feel anchored. Safe. Steadfast.
“Lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever…“ Hebrews 6:18-20