Originally posted on my previous blog, this post challenged me as I wrote it, because to really follow Jesus is no walk in the park — but it is the only path of life.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? To really follow Him.
It means taking up our cross daily and walking the road less traveled.
It means choosing humility over pride and joy over defeat.
It means embracing the challenges that invade the comfortable corners.
It means keeping hope alive during the changing seasons of life.
It means looking different and soaring to heights others dare not go.
It means trusting that He is greater when fear screams.
It means loving the least of these and praying for our greatest enemies.
It means guarding our words, knowing the power they hold.
It means accepting His grace when human motives drive our actions.
It means having peace that surpasses understanding when the unthinkable strikes.
In means forgiving those who pierce us with throbbing pain.
It means living with eternal eyes that see the needs of a hurting world.
It means quenching our thirst for more with His Love that satisfies.
It means clinging to our need for Him with each breath that fills our lungs.
It means risking for the sake of the Kingdom, daring to be brave and bold.
It means dying to ourselves so that we can truly live.
It means taking the wildest ride with The One who holds the keys to Heaven.
To follow Jesus. To really follow Him…
It means that we are free — not in the way the world defines free, but in the way His nail-pierced Hands bled for our eternal freedom. It means that we believe with every bone in our body that we are Children of The One True King. It means that we have learned the art of letting go and letting Jesus guide our every faith-filled step. And it means that we anticipate with great hope the day when we will see the Face of The One we follow now.
To follow Him is to know Him, and to know Him is the very core of our design.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7: 13-14 (NIV)