Jesus’ disciples are willing to follow him anywhere with joy. But that’s the challenge, isn’t it? Deciding to follow Jesus is one thing. But how do you keep walking with him when it’s hard, when it hurts, when it doesn’t feel like God’s plan at all? How do you stay close to Jesus when the circumstances just make you want to run away and hide?
When you commit to obey Jesus, willing to do anything, anytime, anywhere, at any cost, you don’t just end up with the promise of the Kingdom; you end up with the King. He didn’t just die for you; he lives in and through you by his Spirit. When it feels scary and uncertain, when you’re not sure where Jesus is leading you, draw closer to him.
Jesus is always for you; he’s always leading you, always loving you. He is there to guide, correct, encourage, and empower you. If you are feeling condemned, take a closer look at that voice. God convicts us, but without ever condemning us; he always offers us a way forward. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize which voice is God’s and which is the Enemy’s. This will really help.
When you feel like you don’t have the strength, the energy, the grace, or the love to do what he’s asking you to do, rely on the Holy Spirit. Invite him into your circumstances. Discipleship is the process of following Jesus in the Spirit’s power and becoming more like him. Spend time with him. Fix your eyes on him. Lean in. Spend your life getting to know the King. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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