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?
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.