Following the Footsteps of Jesus

This morning, while saying my prayers, an image formed in my mind, much like the one you see above, and it rang so true in my heart. Jesus is our Shepherd, we are His sheep, we follow Him. He leads, we follow. Our sufficiency is not in ourselves, our sufficiency is in Jesus. 

There are many of us that are going through difficult times right now. Hard times, soul searching times, back to the wall times. I see and experience it every day, affecting not only my mind but also my emotions, and how I sometimes react. Most times, in fact in the vast majority of times, I do OK, and I am still hanging in there, but there are still those certain times, infrequent as they may be, when I am brought face to face with my own insufficiency, where I am called to be like Jesus, and it just isn’t there. That’s on me, not Jesus. Jesus goes deep.

Jesus tells us of the living water that resides within us, that water of His Holy Spirit that rises to meet what we cannot meet, that inner peace that defies logic and that wellness of our soul that cries out, all is well. In spite of, in spite of, that which surrounds us. 

I am reminded of the Scripture written by the Apostle Paul where he states in 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 NASB, which I share with you today:

But we have this treasure in earthen containers, so that the extraordinary greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are constantly being handed over to death because of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.

But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written: “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that grace, having spread to more and more people, will cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Emphasis is mine.

Do you see those same words that I do? 

Afflicted
Perplexed
Persecuted
Struck down
Outer person decaying

Do any of these realities ring true to what we are experiencing?
I know I could definitely check off some. 

But is doesn’t end there, does it? No it does not! Because there are also these words:

Not crushed
Not despairing
Not abandoned
Not destroyed
Not lose heart
Inner person is being renewed day by day

“For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

I may not understand these things which surround me and may at times affect me to very core of my being, but He who lives within me is greater than all of these things. GREATER THAN! Jesus leads. We follow. Our sufficiency is in Him, not in ourselves. There is no greater truth than this reality, because there is no greater truth than Jesus. Feed on this, trust in this, have faith in JESUS!

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

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