Do you ever have that happen? That thing where you see the same thing everywhere you look. You buy a new car, then that is the car you see all over the road. You get a new shirt and you see 5 other people at the store wearing the same shirt. Lately God has been speaking the same thing to my heart over and over.
My church is having VBS this week and I am helping to lead a group of kids all week long. The first night the leaders would say "Jesus gives us hope!" Then the kids would shout "Follow Him!" Last night we chanted "Jesus gives us courage!" Then the kids would shout "Follow Him!" In my daily reading I am in Matthew again, reading through how Jesus called his disciples. "Follow Me." He would say. Such a simple statement. No clear direction. No clear plan. No clear list of what they would be doing, what would their new titles be, who would be second in command, where would they be going... Just a simple "Follow me." What amazes me, is that in my Bible it says that they IMMEDIATELY left whatever they were doing and followed Him.
Do I have that same heart of obedience? All throughout the Bible there are many examples of how important obedience is to God. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden because of their lack of it. King Saul had the anointing of God taken from him because of his lack of it. David had God's blessing because he was obedient. Mary said one of my favorite things of all time in response to God's instructions. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."
What would my life look like if I was completely obedient to God. Could I do what the disciples did and simply drop all I am doing and Follow Him? I picked up a new to me book while I was at a leadership retreat and it has sat in my stack of "To Read" for months now. As I was sitting and contemplating how in the world could I live such a surrendered life of faith and obedience, I was prompted to pick it up and start reading. "The secret of true obedience is a close and unmistakeable personal relationship with God. All our attempts to be fully obedient will be failures until we gain access to His abiding fellowship. It is God's holy presence consciously abiding with us that keeps us from disobeying Him." Andrew Murray in The Blessings of Obedience. Wow, that ties in so much with what God has been saying about seeking Him first. What He has been saying to me through the kids VBS about simply following Him. It doesn't have to be some difficult, complicated, detailed plan. It can be simple, it can be easy. Like my husband likes to say, "He does the heavy lifting, and He doesn't leave the hard stuff up to us."
Praise God. Now I simply need to keep close to Him and when I hear his voice say "Follow Me." I just go, don't look back, and simply trust He knows all the details and I don't need to.
Dear God, Please help me to daily seek You first. Please help me to be completely obedient in all you tell me to do. Sometimes I find it really hard to hear you. I know that is because I have made things busier and harder than they need to be and life has gotten to noisy for me to hear the still small voice of your leading. Please help me to quiet my heart, sit still, and wait to hear you say "Follow Me." I love you God. I desire to simply be your handmaiden all the days of my life. I pray all of this in the name of Jesus, my Lord, my God, and my Savior. Amen.
Matthew 4:18-20 As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. “Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Matthew 4:18-20 "...to obey is better than sacrifice..."