Come Follow Me – How Do You Know?

We have been examined and approved by God to be trusted with the good news, and that’s exactly how we speak. We aren’t trying to please people, but we are trying to please God, who continues to examine our hearts. Thessalonians 2:4

When you truly follow Jesus, your belief will manifest itself in your actions. You will have more desire for your Lord than for yourself.   When you follow, Christ is your life at all times; twenty-four hours a day.  He is in your thoughts, prayers, motives, decisions, hopes and actions. Your life will not be separable from Christ, for they are one in the same. Your life revolves around Him and not you. Your actions will be weighed based upon His teachings.   Your heart should always be to please Him and seek His will – for this you do voluntarily out of love as you seek to glorify God.

There will be times your faith will be tested. This testing always draws you closer to God or pushes you away.  In Isaiah 48:10 God says “I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering”.   These trials, tests and sufferings are not necessarily pleasant, but spiritually necessary. By nature of the act, to “follow” is to submit, yield and obey. It is by the nature of these acts you measure your loyalty and likeness to Christ.

The successful handling of these trials causes others to notice how you handle the situation and gives them courage to do the same.  In their time of distress, they want to know how you succeeded; and that my friends, is your opportunity to lead them to Christ’s peace.

May God strengthen you in your trials and bless you in your witness.

By:  Alan Petefish


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