” In the footsteps of Jesus”

Thought for Today: In the footsteps of Jesus

There are many who are doing all they can to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Trying to live right, trying to do right, and trying the be right. As a matter of fact, you are trying to follow the pattern of life that Jesus lived for yourself. You are trying to read the Word of God because you know that God’s word will set you apart from everybody else in the world, as Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them (set them apart) through thy truth; thy word is truth.”  

You want to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, so you pray as often as you can simply because Jesus said “Men (women) are always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). You do your best to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Jesus said “God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

You do your best to follow in the footsteps of Jesus by going to church because the word of God says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; exhorting one another and so much the more as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). 

 But there is a step in life that Jesus took that very few want to take or are willing to take. Jesus took a step in one direction that very few will choose to follow. This step is found in John 15:13, which says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man (women) lay down his life for his friends.” Very few are willing to take that step for the love of God.  

Many will say that they love God, but very few are willing to give up their life for God. Your life is what you want, your cars, your homes, your clothes, your job, your house, your way of thinking, your way of talking, your way of acting, your way of living, your kids, your wife, your husband, your sisters and brothers, and coworkers alike. The things that you want to do, the places you want to go, that is your life. Are you willing to take the step that Jesus took for the Love of God?  

Are you really willing to take the step that Jesus took and give all that up to follow Him?  Jesus said in Luke 14:26, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sister, yea and HIS (HER) OWN LIFE ALSO, he (she) cannot be my disciple.”  

The reason why you are struggling to live the life that Jesus lived on the face of this earth is simple because you are not willing to take that one step that Jesus took, you are not willing to give up your life that you know and love.  

Please don’t think I am just telling you this from something I read. There was a time in my life where my wife and I at the time just adopted two children, had a nice job, had a nice home, had a great ministry preaching at nursing homes, and was a youth pastor. And the Father said to me “Erick are you willing to take the steps that my Son took, do you love me enough to give up your life?”

And God gave me this scripture and said “Here, you must take this step”, found in Matthew 16:25 which says, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” It was the hardest step that I ever had to take in my life. 

I took that step, and I told my kids that I love God more than them, they were too young to understand what I was saying. I told my wife at that time, you can no longer be first in my life, I am giving my life to the Lord, and I sat down and said “God I give you my kids, all my material things, I give you the way I think, the way I act, the way I talk, I give you the desires that I wanted out of life. I give you, my life”. I lost my wife at that time, she divorced me. I lost my kids; she was awarded the kids. I lost the Townhome we lived in, I lost my job, I lost the nursing ministry that I had, I lost the position as a youth pastor, I even had to move from the church I accepted my calling in. I lost everything.  

I took the step that Jesus took and gave my life for the love of God. In return God gave me an amazing wife, my kids adore me, I now own a home, two cars, I have a great job, and a ministry at Life Church teaching the Word of God to many.  

I say unto you my brother, I say unto you my sister, if you truly love God take that one step that Jesus took, sit down and go over all that you consider that is your life and take that step to give up your life so that God can give you the life that He has for you. 

For it is written “So when Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said IT IS FINISHED AND HE BOWED HIS HEAD AND GAVE UP THE GHOST” (John 19:30).

They did not take Jesus’ life, He gave up His life to show you just how much He loves you. Are you willing to take the same step that Jesus did to show Him just how much you love Him? Take that step and watch your life change forever. 

Be Blessed 
 
By
 
Erick Young