We’ve been talking about following Jesus ’round here. About kissing yes-itis, people-pleasing, and the ways of this world goodbye and finding that fuller life that Christ lived and died and rose again to extend to us.
I’m not normally a fan of using bullet points when we talk about our relationship with the Lord, because let’s be honest… it’s just kind of yucky. Can we really – even if we try hard – reduce the amazing love of our God and Savior to a couple sentences?
BUT, friends, I hope you’ll forgive me for this one, because I’m going to speak in broad strokes about some of the things I’ve learned over and over again in my three decades of walking hand in hand with the Lord – in the ups and downs and round and rounds and finally in those moments when I learn to just let Him love me and I learn to love Him right back. Because those are the moments that we’re made to live in.
Here they are, and we’ll get into each one deeper as the days and weeks go by. Steph made us a pretty chart, because that’s what she does and because everything’s better with pictures.
In general, what I’ve learned about my relationship with God is that it’s a lot easier to follow Him when I’m actually giving it my all (Duh, right? Thank you for still loving me). I get it, that’s self explanatory. But what I mean by giving it my all is letting His Holy Spirit dig deeper and deeper into who I am to make me more like Him. And friends, that’s not an overnight process for any of us. We’re on this long road with Him, and we shouldn’t want it any other way.
So what are the basics in a nutshell? Getting close to God. He loves us. Being close is the only way to really believe it. Accepting His healing – not just physical healing, but emotional, relational, spiritual, financial, wherever He wants to go and whatever He wants to use for His glory. I’m not saying that’s easy or quick or that it looks the same in all of us or that it even looks like our idea of healing, but I’m saying I’ve learned that in every area of my life, Jesus wants in and He wants to be there with us. Using what we have well and believing our “little” can be His “lot.” Letting Him give us dreams and being bold enough to believe. And of course sharing all of this, everything we have whether it’s our hope or our hands, with others.
Would you add anything to this list? Take anything away? Let me know.
You’re loved today and always, friend. I hope you know it.