John 12:26 (New International Version)
26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
In much of my pursuit of God I have failed to consistently maintain the intimacy of relationship that is implicit in the notion that I am following him.
I know that have only skimmed all that there is to enjoy in him.
How can I know where God is, unless still before him, ready to hear his voice?
Matthew 11:29 (New International Version)
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
This verse has become more real to me as I have made the choice to live more simply. When I hear God's voice I want to be able to respond, instead of being so scheduled and busy that I have no spare room for his commission.
As I move closer to this goal (I am far from there yet,) I am finding that his burden is light and my soul is more and more at rest.
Isaiah 26:13 (New International Version)
13 O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,
but your name alone do we honor.
"Other lords" have ruled over me: the lords of recognition; affirmation; greed; desire for prominence and achievement, to name a few. I have been their slave and they my masters.
Psalm 119:32 (New International Version)
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.
But he is setting this slow student's heart free; teaching me the connection between a life of simplicity and room for God; showing me how practicing Sabbath as a choice leads to joyful obedience to the other teachings of Christ: Unselfishness, humility, servant hood and prayer.
1 Timothy 3:16 a (New International Version)
16Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:...
Our faith is full of mysterious connections spiritually. One step in a direction and everything shifts...