“When we read God’s Word, we discover what being a follower of Jesus Christ looks like, but somewhere along the line we have crossed over from following Jesus to following others, or following others the way they are following Him. Yikes!
We have really complicated the simplicity of what following Jesus looks like—not developing a sensitivity to the prompting of the Holy Spirit that should be activated in our lives daily, haven’t we?
The Word of God tells us to be connected to the “Vine” (Jesus) at all times, and from there we will “bear much fruit” (John 15:5).
All too often I see a huge disconnect from that truth, and many of the body of Christ look more like they are connecting to one another and relying on the select few that they are
“following” to be connected at the source. I call that feeding off the crumbs of someone’s else’s feast with Jesus…This is is not God’s heart or His design. It is creating confusion
and developing a community of codependency with an inability to truly follow Jesus and hear His lead for their lives.
We, the believers, should be the ones displaying, in the most genuine form, what following Jesus looks like. We should be painting a clear picture of what it means to live for Him and follow His lead in the most freeing and meaningful way. More often than not, life becomes a list of obligations to everyone
around us, leaving out the most important component of fully living, which is found first in our closeness and intimacy with Jesus in the secret place where we spend time with Him, fully connected to the source . . . the “Vine.” That posture releases His peace, His love, and His joy into our lives and what comes out of us becomes an overflow, and a reflection of our time spent with Him.” -Life is Muddy
This is me at 5am, curled up in a corner with Jesus, my Bible, journal and pen. I can’t teach it, if I’m not living it. It all starts with Him, and everything else should be an overflow of our time in the secret place. I promise you, sitting in God’s presence is everything your soul is longing for! He is my first, my last and everything in between. I pray he becomes yours too. Get with Him. 🤍, J