“As a disciple of Jesus, I am called to follow Him and His pathway. I cannot pick and choose how I follow Him.” Marcial Samaniego //
Following Jesus is more than a one-time declaration. Yes, if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved (Romans 10:9), but it does not end there. The difference between a believer and non-believer is not only a decision to follow Jesus but also a journey of choices to pursue God’s plans and not your own. Making the decision to follow Jesus is absolutely crucial and often kickstarts this new path we have access to, initiating a lifestyle of saying yes to Jesus, obeying and surrendering, and trusting His plans.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13-14
We are meant to be those who don’t just enter the gate but walk along the path that leads to life. Actually, we are called to run!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
There is a race set before you, and you stay on that path by keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus. It may take your life in different directions or to places that you would never have expected, but if you are following Jesus and are where He has led you, then that is the best place you can be. However, if we never take time to fix our eyes on Jesus and ask for His direction, we could be off the path and not even know it. It is not necessarily a matter of a bad path versus a good path. It’s between our good and God’s best.
It may have been a long time ago or just recently that you took time to ask God for His direction. You may already have ways that you do this, but if you are looking for something new and fresh, here are a couple of ways you can pause, focus on Jesus, and seek His path.
Study the life of Jesus.
To walk in His pathways, whether directionally specific or how to live like Jesus, we first have to learn them. We can’t live like Jesus if we don’t know how He lived. When is the last time that you read the Gospels and asked yourself how you could live like Jesus today? To know and walk in the paths God has for us starts with us knowing how Jesus lived, and we learn that through relationship with Him.
Ask questions and listen.
Maybe you need direction for the next season of your life, but you feel like you are getting no direction from God. Sometimes we don’t know what to do because we haven’t even asked the Holy Spirit. Or even if we are asking questions, they may be the wrong questions, but we will only realize that when we listen to Him. Take time to ask the Holy Spirit, where are you right now? As a follower of Jesus, what path are you on?
Surrender and obey.
The path that God has for you is better than anything you create. Do you genuinely believe that? Deep down, do you think that He has steps for you to take that for your good and His glory? Resolving this inside of us sets us up to surrender and obey. Surrender our expectations and plans and obey where Jesus is leading. As we keep our eyes fixed on Him, it truly is worth it.