Have you ever heard the expression, “You can’t follow a parked car”? Pretty hard to get anywhere isn’t it? Aren’t you glad Jesus is active? He walked everywhere He went and did a lot of things. People would ask Him “How do you do the things that you do and how can we do them too”?
In Matt 11:29, Jesus says, “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.” (The Message) The good news is, we don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Jesus has been there, done that and has the t-shirt. He wants us to learn how to do His work by following His example.
In the Bible, Jesus says “Follow me”, twenty-two times in the four Gospels alone. I know I counted them! He is always leading by example, showing us the way to go, the way to do things that will glorify Him, that will teach us to bring others to Him, and how to walk the narrow path.
He shows us how to crucify our sinful nature, which is the flesh, by confessing our sin, repenting of it, which is turning away and going in the opposite direction, and filling that newly cleaned out space with His Love.
Sometimes, we forget that Jesus is the One we are to follow. We get distracted by other “parked cars”! We try to go around them but find they are taking up the whole road. We blow our horns, yell and holler, even try to push the other car out of our way.
There is a story of a woman who came up behind a stalled car. She tooted her horn and when the car didn’t move she really laid on the horn. Rolling down her window, she started yelling and screaming at the other driver. Suddenly, there was a tapping on her door.
An Officer asked her to step out of her car and proceeded to take her to the Police station. After a couple of hours he came into the holding area and released her. He apologized for the confusion and told her that the reason she was brought in was because of the bumper stickers on the back of her car. Because of the way she had been carrying on, he had thought the car was stolen. The stickers read “Follow me to Sunday School” and “Jesus is my Co-Pilot”. I think it was a good long while before she forgot to invite Jesus to do the leading again.
Jesus lovingly leads us in how to protect ourselves from those dreaded “Fits of Fury” by teaching us to put on the whole Armor of God. Eph 6:14-17 NIV. “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Notice that the armor covers our front because forward is the direction we are to face. He leads us to face life whether good or bad, head on! We cannot turn and run and expect to win the battle. We don’t have to worry about our back because of those who stand behind and support us with prayer.
I like how The Message states the same verses. “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon”.
Finally, after each battle is won, Psalms 23 tells He leads the way to green pastures and still waters where we can find rest and comfort. After the final war, He will lead us to Heaven where we will find His Eternal Peace.
Where is God in your life? If you let Him, He will lead the way! All He asks is that you follow Him. He will never lead you wrong.