We are always on a journey. We might be drawing closer to Jesus. We may be wrongfully journeying away from Jesus. We sometimes journey through great trials that raise questions but ultimately teach us and bring us closer to God. Half the time we are not conscious of our journey. We live our day-to-ay lives without thinking about how we are being changed and how we’re changing the lives of others.
Important decisions and significant life changes have a way of rekindling our awareness of our spiritual journey—our walk with the Lord, the unfolding of our life purposes.
I’m making important decisions, and I have more to make. I’m charging into life-altering territory, and with a heightened awareness of my spiritual journey with God.
Will you be bold?
In verse 57 that “someone” made a bold proclamation: “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” He may not have known the full extent of his words. Perhaps it was naïve of him to say it; however, his words opened the door to greater understanding. His words initiated a lesson, not only for him but also for the others on the journey. The disciples were learning and deepening their connection with God and His work for them.
Through God’s grace and the workings of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s mission continues today. We learn and rise to challenges while journeying today. The Lord has lessons for us, and He teaches them while we walk with Him, not as a prerequisite for walking with Him. Be bold! Embrace the journey and all the lessons along the way!
We cry out to God and ask Him to comfort us, counsel us, and heal us. We call out to Him in our times of trial and ask Him to make His presence known. We trust that God walks alongside us and tends to our needs. However, in the Gospels, when Jesus was dwelling on earth, we read of the disciples walking with Jesus, not Jesus walking with the disciples.
Jesus certainly didn’t need the disciples in the personal sense. He did not call upon the disciples so that they could comfort Him, counsel Him, and give Him strength. When Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness, He prevailed against all difficulty with the power of scripture and His prayerful communion with the Father. Jesus did not take people with Him.
He doesn’t need us to attend to His personal needs. But, Jesus does need our help in furthering the Kingdom of God. In responding to needs and building God’s kingdom here on earth, we are, in a way, with Him in His trials. Consider this illustration from Matthew 25:31-40, NKJV:
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
When we are present to and help people and when we address the needs of this world we continue to walk with Jesus; however we also know that Jesus walks with us, as stated in the Gospel according to Matthew, “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20b). Though He has ascended to the Father, Jesus is still with us in spirit, word, and deed. Therefore, we are blessed in two ways: (1) We walk with God, and (2) God walks with us. One walk, two blessings. Thanks be to God.