“Whoever serves me must follow me….” –John 12:26a
Occasionally my daughter comes with me when I walk the dog. My daughter likes to ride her scooter because she can’t walk as fast as Lexi. On her scooter she’s faster, so she takes the lead. She decides which route we’ll take. Lexi—who usually wants to choose her own way—follows my daughter with no problem. Like Lexi, we usually want to choose our own way. We pray, “Lead me, Lord” (Psalm 5:8), but we don’t follow. It isn’t easy to submit to someone else’s direction. I don’t know why my willful Rottweiler mix is willing to yield to an eight-year-old. But I do know why we yield to Jesus: “Whoever follows [him] will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Walking with God is following Christ.
Dear God, Where you lead me, I will follow. Amen