Going where Jesus goes!?

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 2 Samuel 15-16

What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“Wherever you go, if it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21)
Our reading raises the issue of choosing sides, and what happens with that choice.
By choosing to follow David, these people were sacrificing everything.
Following David meant going into the wilderness.
It meant being aliens in their homeland, and the target of curses and death threats.
As a Jesus-follower, we have signed on to follow wherever our Lord may be.
And where does the Lord lead us, but in paths of humility and weakness.
His path involves love, compassion, forgiveness, serving others including enemies.
His path puts comfort and safety aside to focus on loving God and others.
We say we want to be wherever Jesus is — do we really?
Jesus does not hide in the church bubble, He lives in the midst of human misery.
Jesus does not run away from suffering and sacrifice, He enters it for love’s sake.
Following Jesus is not easy, but it is right and good… and the only way to LIFE.
I wonder whether it would help to make these words a part of our profession of faith.
“Wherever You go, if it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21)
PRAYER
Lord, is this what I have committed to, is this what I meant when I chose to follow You? If not, it should be. And if so, how am I doing? Am I really following You into the places You are?

2 Comments

  1. ‘Whom shall I serve?’
    This reminds me of Joshua addressing the people when he addressed the people – Choose this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
    That choice must be reflected in all that I do and say. Others need to see Jesus living in me. Today as in every day, Jesus is first.

    I have decided to follow Jesus;
    I have decided to follow Jesus;
    I have decided to follow Jesus;
    No turning back, no turning back.
    The world behind me, the cross before me;
    The world behind me, the cross before me;
    The world behind me, the cross before me;
    No turning back, no turning back.
    Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    No turning back, no turning back.

  2. So much scheming going on- the misery when we try to take charge! The misery of life that is driven by the pursuit of power, wealth and popularity. Absalom had many assets – but acted manipulatively – undermining his Father for his own gain. Do I do the same? It is sin -no let me content with what the Lord entrusts to me. David left Jerusalem – and allowed his son to take charge – he submitted – willing to let go and let God. His prayer was to frustrate the advice of his best advisor who was now advising his son. David was trusting God to work it out – with the hope of returning to the temple. I too must trust God to work it out. He already has through Jesus!

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