Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Today, I read all of Psalms 119 – all 176 verses. You might say, that is a long passage to read altogether; and it might be for some. But have you considered the power of the testimony of the writer of this Psalm? His heart is revealed to us in the way he expresses his thoughts about God’s Word. We find such things as:
Walk in thy law…
Keep His testimonies…
Taking heed according to thy word…
Meditate in thy precepts…
Delight thyself in thy statutes…
Behold wondrous things out of thy law…
Longing unto thy judgments…
Quicken thou me according to thy statutes…
Philippians 3:2 “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”
Saul of Tarsus was revered and respected. He was a star pupil of the teacher Gamaliel. Yet after his conversion and name change to Paul, he allowed God to totally lead him in all things.
We struggle with that. Pride. A sense of accomplishment. Recognition. Significance. We all desire it to some degree. Some pursue with such zeal, it defines them.
Ezra, the writer typically credited with writing Psalm 119, shared with us that which he gave his whole heart to – the Word of God. He submitted himself to it. It became His guide. So much so, the we read:
Psalms 119:105 “NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Paul found that the Word of God brought a depth to his relationship with God that he desired to have it control him.
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
We must allow the Word of God to form our thoughts. We must give in to the guidance and direction God desires instead of the other way round.
Some think Christianity to be a ‘blind followship’ of a God you cannot see. A life of faith is rarely undertood by the unsaved mind. Faith and hope allows me to know in my heart that I WILL see the face of God – I will be in His presence!
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
All of which makes following Him easy.
Following man…? That becomes more difficult because we do not apply the same principles. We judge whether or not they are worthy of our following them. We make decisions based on our perception of how they carry out their tasks here on this earth.
They do not think like we think; act like we would, speak as we would like or even make critical decisions the way we think it should truly be done. For some, the enemy uses this as a line of demarkation for them to walk away from a church, a ministry, even the calling on their life.
Christ was and is our example. He could have called legions of angels to execute vengeance on those who nailed Him to that cross. Yet, He submitted Himself to a higher calling.
Our ability to follow is not in the quality of the person in the position of leadership – though a good leader is much easier to follow. No, the only control I have is whether or not I can take instruction and follow through on that which God has given me to do.
A good follower does not seek to criticize or tear down the leader. They seek to do their part to help that person be the best they can be for God.
A good follower will sacrifice for the cause, not place the leader on the altar as the sacrifice.
A good test of your followship is what you do when you do not agree. How you and I respond in those times, reveal our heart.
So, today… will you and I follow our heart or will we follow wherever it is God leads us?