Following God is Hard.

There are many people in our world today under the impression that when you follow God, go to church and tithe ten percent of your income then God will bless you and life will be good.

Don’t get me wrong, God does bless those who follow wholeheartedly after him. When we surrender ourselves, our lives, our gifts, our desires over to him the blessings fall. The thing is, often times the way God blesses isn’t the way our American culture teaches us a blessing looks like. If I give money to missionaries or have perfect church attendance a new car won’t fall from the sky and I shouldn’t expect a wad of cash rolled up in my mail box.

No, when we follow God we are blessed because we have the opportunity to be a part of his work. We are privileged to have a front row seat to see Him do his thing. Following God, serving him, it’s not about what I get out of it physically, financially. It’s not about a worldly blessing but a heavenly honor. The honor of getting to know the King of Kings and Lord of Lords deeper and more personally.

Tomorrow I leave to go speak for a week to Jr. Highers. Tonight all I would like to do is crawl up in the giant lap of my heavenly Father and rest in the shelter of Him. In my flesh, this week, I would stay there. Stay wrapped in the mighty embrace of my Lord and King. Stay where his Holy Spirit washes over me and his sweet love nestles around me. And for tonight, it is exactly where I am meant to be. But, tomorrow, tomorrow will come and my daddy will gently set me down on a stage. Tomorrow he will put me on display. Tomorrow I will be his mouth piece. Tomorrow I will be an instrument of his love, his truth, his heart.

It would be easier for me to not follow God down the road he has made for me. The narrow road that few choose to walk because it is uncomfortable, it strips you bare, it makes you completely dependent on a force so beyond yourself. Tomorrow I will follow my Savior . I will follow him because I know that he doesn’t leave me. I may not be curled up just him and me in his mighty throne room but he lives in me, surrounds me, flows out of me. Tomorrow I will share my Savior with young people who need to know him like I do.

Tonight I tell my God that I can’t go on display unless he goes with me. That I can’t be his mouthpiece unless it is his words. I ask him not to leave me alone but to flow through and out of me because without Him. His Spirit. His presence. I am nothing.

Following God is hard. Following God takes denial of self. It takes loss of control. It takes trusting the unseen. It takes being put on display for His Glory.

But would I really trade seeing God work for the comfort of right now? I wouldn’t. Would You?

Following God may be hard but following God is the greatest adventure. My ultimate purpose. My full joy.

The Creator of the Universe calls our names. The question is Will we follow?

About Stephanie Page
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.

8 Responses to Following God is Hard.

  1. Steph…your description of resting in the arms of your Savior was sooo beautiful, and your words so true about life, here on earth.

    But I know that your gift of love and communication to these young people this next week will shower you with blessings upon blessings, which will fall upon you as you share your walk with the LORD to them as only a sold out follower of Jesus Christ can do.
    Will keep praying for you every day as you share your faith with them.

    Love Gigi

  2. Barbie says:

    What a privilege and an honor to be able to go and speak to these young ones, to impart that which Holy Spirit gives to you. I know all to well the feeling of just wanting to crawl up in my Daddy’s lap and stay there. But He gently pushes us out of the next, for He knows when we are ready. Praying for changed hearts and lives as you share God’s heart with these young ones.

  3. We are praying for you guys this week. Know that God has a HUGE plan for your role in their lives this week with HIS help! You are a beautiful example of obedience and God will reward you, Steph!! BLESSINGS!! LOVE!!

  4. Mark Thurston says:

    I am praying for you Stephy…these are great words that I know you live out. You will be a blessing and be blessed while you are at camp. I love you!

  5. Kari Day
    Twitter: karidayblog
    says:

    Oh Steph, I so love these words. I could feel them along with you. You are being used so greatly by God! To walk that walk is of incredible eternal significance! What a blessing it will be when God shows you the full revelation of all He will bring from your faithfulness! Be blessed this week my friend!

  6. Chelsea Paulson says:

    Steph, thank you so much for this! I feel soooo encouraged because I’ve been struggling taking steps forward for God’s plan. I don’t see how it’s going to work out, but because i read this…i feel like i don’t have to worry. Thank you so much for being such a huge encouragement. 🙂

  7. Well, it’s been a while since I stopped by your blog, but I thought about your blog as I had a minute to sit down and flip through some blogs, and it’s good to “see” you again. 🙂 I will be praying for your week as you speak God’s Words and share His love with others!! God bless!

  8. bethinukraine says:

    what i needed today, thanks

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