Following Him

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16 ESV)

I am uniquely created and gifted by God to be salt and light in my world, which is decaying and dark. I have been divinely chosen and appointed to bear His fruit through my life. To share his light, to serve Him and glorify Him, I must learn to follow and stop trying to take the lead. As a chosen servant, I assume all will be easy if I follow. I forget that following the Lord leads to a cross. Too much of me is still alive! I must die that the life of Christ may live in and through me.

See in everything a chance to die. – Amy Carmichael

And where will He lead me in my journey? Chuck Swindoll says it best:

 In all my studies I’ve found only one place where Jesus Christ—in His own words—describes his own “inner man.” In doing so, He uses only two words. He doesn’t say: “I am wise and powerful,” or “I am holy and eternal,” or “I am all-knowing and absolute deity.” Do you know what He said? Hold on, it may surprise you.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28–29).

I am gentle. I am humble. These are servant terms. Gentle means strength under control. Humble in heart means lowly—the word picture of a helper.

Lord, help me follow you with a humble, thankful heart. Help me remember that you never lead me where you have not been already.

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