For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planed for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
God has made me a new creation. But I was not recreated for myself. God has a purpose for me – and it isn’t something He just made up on the spot.
Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.
Jeremiah 1:5 (NCV)
God has been thinking about me and making plans for me long before I ever existed here on earth. I was fully formed in the mind of God with talents, abilities and purpose. He has put time and effort in planning and preparing the things He wants me to accomplish. Not for my glory, but for His.
And the incredible thing is that He allows me to share in His glory.
God once said, “Let the light shine out of the darkness!” This is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ.
II Corinthians 4:6 (NCV)
When the men brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Luke 5:11 (NCV)
FOLLOW (Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828):
- to go after or behind
- to pursue; to chase
- to imitate; to copy
- to embrace; to adopt and maintain
- to obey; to observe
- to pursue as an object of desire; to endeavour to obtain
- to adhere to; to side with
- to be led or guided by
Am I really a follower? Or do I say that I am because it sounds better than saying I’m just a fan?
Do I pursue and chase after Jesus?
Do I obey Him?
Do I allow myself to be led and guided by Him?
Like the men in the Gospels, have I dropped everything just because He asked me to?
We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan.
Romans 8:28 (NCV)
Do I act as though I am a part of God’s plan? Or do I try to fit God into my plan?
God has amazing plans for me, but I will never see those plans come to full fruition until I am willing to drop everything and follow Him. All of those secrets and surprises He has waiting will remain hidden until I get myself into the place Jesus has called me to be.