Follow Jesus First… “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Matthew 8:18-19
When He directs you to leave the noise of the crowds to the quietness of a few, do not delay. If you are obsessed by activity, you can easily lose your edge on energy and faith. When all my oomph is consumed on serving every request and answering every call, I have no time or concentration to hear from Christ. What is He saying? This is the most important inquiry I can make. What is Jesus telling me to do? So, when I listen, I learn.
You may be in the middle of a monster season of success, so make sure your achievements do not muffle the Lord’s message. It’s when we are fast and furious that our faith becomes perfunctory and predictable. Leadership requires alone time to retool and recalibrate our character. People follow, when they know you’ve been with Jesus.
The most difficult part may be the transition from doing less, to listening and thinking more. If you, as the leader, are not planning ahead, who is? Who has the best interest of the enterprise in mind? Who is defending the mission and vision of the organization, so there is not a drift into competing strategies? Follow Jesus first: then He frees you to see.
Where is the Lord leading you to go? Will you lag behind with excellent excuses, or will you make haste and move forward by faith? Go with God and He will direct you through the storms of change. He may seem silent at times, but remember He led you to this place, and where He leads, He provides. Follow Jesus first, and go wherever He goes. You will lose people in the process, but you will gain better people for His next phase.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 6:24).
Where is Jesus leading me to go? Am I willing to let go and trust Him with what’s next?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
August 16, 2022
“He is always with you because His love for you commands His ever-present devotion.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 16, 2022 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua [...]
August 15, 2022
“Let your imitation of Christ replace your striving for any other version of life. Love follows Jesus!” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 15, 2022 Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following, the one who had leaned around at supper that time to ask [...]
August 14, 2022
“You can trust His heart when you do not understand His hand.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 14, 2022 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4 Yesterday, my husband and [...]