[A public entry from my personal journal about what it means to hear and follow Jesus.]
Thank You for loving and leading me in following You and teaching others to follow You.
*The two other references to karpos in John refer to people from other nations wanting to follow You:
- the Samaritans in John 4:36
- and the Greeks in John 12:24.
As You concluded Your training of these first disciples Your commission appears to anticipate them doing with others what you did with them:
“Go, make disciples …, teaching them to obey [follow Me]” (Matthew 28:18).
I have accumulated and sought to apply understanding.
I have sought to hear and obey Your voice.
But I have NOT followed You in teaching others to follow You.
I have memorized but not applied Proverbs 3:5–6:
Trust in Jesus with all your heart
and don’t lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways listen to and follow Jesus
and He will lead you.
I am the man described in James 1:23–24:
I listen to the word but do not do what it says. I am like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and then goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
Thank you, Jesus, that:
- Despite my failures, You are eager to have me in Your family.
- You always lead when I focus on hearing and following where You lead me.
Lead me today to listen long enough and well enough to:
- hear You clearly,
- follow You into the harvest, and
- disciple others to do the same.