We all played Follow the Leader as children – a very simple game to play. One person leads and the rest follow, imitating every move the leader makes.
As Christians we are called to follow God, also imitating Him, but it’s not so easy. It’s easier to do our own thing especially when the going gets tough.
So how do we do it? How do people who really want their own way follow a God they can’t even see? I can suggest three steps that will prepare us to follow God.
- We must know the one we follow. If we don’t know that God loves us with an unending, perfect love, that he is rich in mercy to us, that his forgiveness covers all of our sins, and that he is worthy of our love and obedience, we are unlikely to be constant in following him. How do we know these things? Bible study and prayer – it’s as simple as that. If you want to know him study and pray.
- We must trust the one we follow. This one builds on the knowledge that we gained in the first step. We must go beyond a head knowledge to a knowledge that reaches to the heart. We can be confident that the God who loves us perfectly will faithfully lead us in the right ways. The God and Father who did not spare his own Son will be faithful to give you all good things.
- We must submit our will to the one we follow. This is the hardest one. We can know God and His love for us. We can trust him to lead us into the right way. However, if we are unwilling to give him control – to give up our ideas of what is best, we will not follow him.
Following God is not something we learn overnight. It is something we practice over many years, and it is something we will never do perfectly in this life. However, continually going through the steps of knowing him, trusting him, and submitting to him will help us to grow in our ability to follow our God.
Continue the good fight and keep running the race following the leader who loves you all the way!
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