Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

One of the things that I struggled with early in my life was following the leadership of those who were in a position to direct my life. Whether it was my Dad/Mom, a teacher, preacher or someone else in leadership, I struggled.

It wasn’t that I was rebellious; it was just that I liked the way things were going. I couldn’t figure out why we needed a change. Change can be a little disconcerting, but without change we will surely find ourselves going nowhere.

God leads us to change in our lives all along the way. It is something that God brings into our lives so that we can and will grow in our relationship with Him. He did it all through Scripture and continues on today. Let me share a moment.

You see He led Abraham to a land that he would show him. Abraham followed. He led Isaac to the woman he would spend his life with and he embraced her. He led Samuel to the home of Jesse and a shepherd boy named David, who would become the next king of Israel. He led that king to repentance after falling into sin and David repented.

He led Isaiah to fall on his face in worship of the true King and he did. He led Jeremiah to the potter’s house to see how God is willing to work and Jeremiah went. He led a sheepherder by the name of Amos to prophesy of the judgment of God on the northern kingdom and he did. He led Jonah to Ninevah and Jonah went, okay, after a bad boat trip, but he went.

He led a man to take a young girl that was pregnant as his wife and raise the Child sent by God. He led the cousin of this Child to spend time in the wilderness to preach a message of repentance and of baptism. He led twelve men to follow this Child and learn from Him. He sought to lead one of those to surrender to Him, but he chose to follow his own will and didn’t follow.

God led others to surrender their wills to His and they did. At one point they followed the way of the world; but then followed in His steps. One began to follow in his house, another on a road leading to Damascus, another in a prison. He then led them to move beyond themselves to see others. And they followed.

God led that Child born down dusty roads; into many homes; before the sick, lame and blind; into the temple; into a garden for prayer; into a courtyard; before a Roman governor; to a Roman cross; and to a tomb. This Child went willingly as a sheep to slaughter. God also led this Child out of the tomb, to bring victory over death, to become the Risen Lord.

Then Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:14 says – “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”

Now God is leading you. He may have led you to services this past Sunday. He may be leading you to the home of someone in need. He may be leading you to prayer and time in His Word. He may be leading you to a place of service within the body. He may be leading you to lead out in an effort that will move you closer to His will.

The question I must ask of you and me is this – As God is leading are we following? He continues to call us to be ‘fishers of men’ but are we fishing? He continues to call us to go to a world that is separated from Him, but are we going? He calls us to love one another, but do we love one another? It is now time for us to listen to the call He has given us and surrender to that call in our lives. We need to say to Him, “Yes, Lord, I will follow You -- wherever You lead.”

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul