June 24, 2019
Follow Closely in His Steps
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
─ 1 Peter 2:21 ESV
Have you ever watched a child follow? Imagine those little feet walking closely behind a parent – even placing their little feet directly into the footprints of the one they are following. They often mimic the actions, repeat the words and follow specifically each thing that parent does.
An intentional Christian is a Christ-follower who actually follows. As followers of Jesus Christ, it’s easy to be very unintentional in our submission to Him. We make excuses and justify our actions when we want to go our own way. First Peter 2:21 says, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
Life is full of distractions that can make us think we can’t fully follow God like this scripture says. But there is nothing today that’s keeping us from being a true follower of Jesus Christ. It’s a decision that you and I have made. The Bible tells us that none of us naturally seek to be a follower of Christ. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want (Galatians 5:17). It’s because of God’s wooing that draws us, and we find ourselves in a position that we want to accept Him and make Him a part of our lives.
Today’s One Thing
What is one area of your life in which you want to follow Christ more closely? Take a small card and write it out, then make a commitment to yourself and to God in prayer. Place the card in your pocket or purse and review it every time you think about it.