There’s an old love song, “non-Christian” song, that says, “I will follow you, wherever you may go.” Jesus told us to “take up our cross and follow Him.” What is the cross you are bearing today? Are you desperately praying for a lost loved one? Are you facing a financial burden? Are you praying for a prodigal or a friend whose marriage is falling apart?
Cross bearing can be burdensome.
Jesus tells us to “bear one another’s burdens.” Following Christ is costly. Some of the paths are of our own doing. By going astray; we brought some of the burdens upon ourselves. However; Jesus promised to “never leave us nor forsake us”.
The Lord is mindful that we are but dust. When we follow Him; we must remind ourselves; He is out in front. He is our Shepherd. He will provide for us. He will apply the needed oil for our wounds. He will make our crooked paths straight. He will safely bring us to our destination. That’s what the Shepherd does for His sheep.
When your pathway becomes steep and rocky; don’t stop following. Look up, for your Shepherd is still leading you. He’s right where He’s been all along and He knows what’s going on.
Why does He ask us to follow Him? We find in the book of Romans: “All we like sheep have gone astray. He has turned everyone into His own way and the Lord has laid on Him, the iniquity of us all.”
On our own; we will always go astray. We will go our own way. God laid on His own Son, Jesus, the cross for our sins. When we take up the cross we’ve been given to bear and follow Him; we bring glory and honor and blessing to the kingdom of our Lord Jesus.
Prayer in Motion:
Oh God, may I always take up my cross and follow You. I trust You Lord with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I choose to follow You all the days of my life. You are the One who will never lead me astray. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen