Sunday, January 16, 2011

Be Still Sunday–Follow Me

Those of you who have been reading my blog from the beginning know that Luke 9:23-25 are verses near and dear to my walk with Christ.   My husband had me study only them for six weeks last year.  I was to read nothing else but them every day – take it slowly and really allow the Holy Spirit to teach me what each word meant.   I challenge you do it for a few days if not a week too – and I trust you will see things very differently as well.   Then ask God to bring these verses back to memory when you begin to feel bad about your life and why things are happening, taking as long as they are, or sickness overwhelms you, or you begin to struggle in your marriage and parenting.   Simply ask Him and He will tell you this…

{originally posted by my beautiful friend Adeye this week and shared with permission} The day she posted this was SO God because I am reading through Luke with the children and we just finished talking about Luke 9 in depth.   That night I read them her post…I pray it blesses you as much as it has our family!

But God...it's too darn hard.
"Follow me." Matthew 9:9

But God...what if I fail miserably?
"Follow me." Matthew 8:22

But God...what if what I'm feeling you call me to do is too painful--too challenging?
"Follow me." Matthew 4:19

But God...I have everything I need right here and things are good in my life. 
"Follow me." Matthew 10:38

But God...how can I possibly step out of my comfort zone?  What if........"
"Follow me." Matthew 16:24

But God...it will cost money and so many sacrifices will have to be made."
"Follow me." Matthew 19:21

But God...I am weak, tired, weary, lacking faith, and discouraged."
"Follow me." Mark 1:17

But God...There is so much at risk.  What if my friends and family don't support me?

Goodness, what it they disown me?
"Follow me." Mark 2:14

But God...what about my own family and their comforts?
"Follow me." Mark 8:34

But God...my faith is smaller than a mustard seed.
"Follow me." Mark 10:21

But God...I just don't know if I can do this.  I don't have what it takes.
"Follow me." Luke 5:27

But God...can I trust you in this?  Really?  Can I?
"Follow me." Luke 9:23

But God...I don't want to walk on the water right now--I like it here where things are calm.
"Follow me." Luke 9:59

But God...can you see that my family is happy with the way things are right now?
"Follow me." Luke 9:61

But God...how can I know for sure that I have heard your still small voice?
"Follow me." Luke 14:27

But God...you listening?  How will this ever come together?
"Follow me." Luke 18:22

But God...do you think you could give this little assignment to somebody else?  Please?
"Follow me." John 1:43

But God...what if things fall apart and my world comes crashing down?
"Follow me." John 8:12

But God...I'm afraid of failure.
"Follow me." John 10:27

But God...give it all up?  Seriously?
"Follow me." John 12:26

But God...{insert a great reason not to do something}
"Follow me." John 21:19

But God...{insert just one more great excuse}
"Follow me." John 21:22

Sound familiar?

Excuses.  Excuses.  Excuses.  All very valid, of course.

Yikes! 

Okay. Okay.  Okay.  I think I get it, Lord. 

I'm out of excuses.  Completely.  There are none. 

I will follow You with reckless abandon...come what may. 

God, You are trustworthy, dependable, good, kind, loving, patient, abounding in grace and mercy.  Faithful and True is your name--how can I possibly not trust You with everything I have?

And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.  For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”  Luke 9:23-25

Even when the road is hard, and things make absolutely no sense...I WILL FOLLOW YOU!

Simply because you said so.

 

May these powerful truths wash over you and bring you to your knees before Him – humble and ready to do all that He asks of you.   This life is meant to be all about Him and His glory. 

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