Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny
himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.”—Matthew
We can take God's presence for granted. We can assume that because Jesus said
He would be with us always, He will follow us wherever we go (Matt. 28:20).
Jesus does not follow us; we are to follow Him. You do not invite
God to join you in your activity. He invites you to become involved in His
activity. Jesus said: "You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16).
Following Jesus requires absolute obedience. He does not seek our counsel about
which direction we think is suitable. God already knows what is best without
ever having to consult with us.
Following Jesus will lead you into experiences you never dreamed of! You will
be with Jesus as He weeps over those trapped in sin. You will feel the pain that
Jesus feels. You will see those who were spiritually blind experience the joy of
coming to see God for the first time. You will see lives that were broken, made
whole. You will see marriages restored; those in bondage, released; and those
who mourn, comforted. At times it will be easy to follow Jesus. At other times,
you will be tempted to abandon Him. Following Jesus can mean going through a
storm or standing on a mountaintop.
You may have stopped following Jesus, but now you want to follow again. When
you stopped following Jesus, you did so on your terms. But the returning
to Jesus is strictly under His conditions. He is God, and you are not. Are
you willing to follow Jesus anywhere, at any time, under any condition? That is
the only way you can follow Him.—Experiencing God Day by Day