Sunday, July 21, 2013

Follow is a Keystone to Connecting with God

Girder for Ceiling
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This post is a digest from Pastor Jerry’s Sunday sermon, as he taught about Connecting with God.

Ephesians 2:20  And we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

Engineers will tell you the importance of having a header or large girder from which the building is supported and held together.  Follow is the Keystone verb to connect with God.

Pastor gave an illustration.  Parents desiring to send their daughter to a prestigious college were filling out a questionnaire.  One question was, “Is your daughter a Leader?”  The father thought for awhile and decided to answer thus, “She is an excellent follower.”  The daughter was accepted with this notation; In a school where we have all leaders it is refreshing to have at least one follower.

Leadership is essential for success in a business, but it is interesting to note that Jesus did not ask us to be leaders, but to be a follower.   He used the word ‘follow’ many times including this well know statement, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus trained a team of followers; “Come to me; abide in me; take my yoke upon you and follow me.”  Follow was the keystone to make Disciples and to develop a relationship with Jesus.

In some ways it is easier NOT to follow, but life falls apart when we choose our own stubborn way.

In a Church congregation – membership is not enough.  Leaders often have projects and work of the church to be done, that causes us to become tired and worn out. 
We can get so involved in “Church work,” that we are not sitting at Jesus feet.  We can fall into the trap of being too busy about many things.

The Hebrew children needed to gather fresh manna each morning.  If they waited too long it would melt, and if they gathered too much it would mildew. 
We too must daily come to the feet of Jesus and partake of the fresh manna he offers us.

We can have knowledge about a lot of things, such as Scripture memorization, how to lose weight, proper diet, and how to exercise, but knowing is not enough - - we must put into action what we know to do. 
Belief is often opinion, while Faith is absolute and doing.

There is some risk in following Jesus, because He will ask us to give up our own way and personal desires, and surrender to His will.

The Key Stone is to follow, and to follow willingly.  This is the connecting factor to God.

This post is shared with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays

Also Linked with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday Use it on Monday

I’m sharing the following from Hebron Fellowship International. It was written by Br. Bakth Singth of India. To enjoy this excellent post ON Martha Martha so busy working for Jesus - by clicking HERE


Charlotte said...

I have always been more of a follower than a leader. Thank you for the comment you made on Spiritual Sundays. About the link to Dude and Bubba, I have no idea who posted it. I think whoever did just didn't know how to do it. Couldn't have been my grandchildren because I don't have any grandchildren. I had to fix another link because it was not done right. On that one I was able to figure out what it was supposed to be and since I fixed it, it works now. Too bad I can't do that for Dude and Bubba. LOL

Floyd said...

Amen, Hazel. In a world where the members of His church are bent on being leaders we need to learn how to serve... humbly... that is true leadership... Bless your Truth, sister.

Sheila said...

Yet another way that loving Jesus isn't "worldly." It's not often we meet people who long to follow . . . at least not outside the church's walls. And too often, it's rare inside them, too.

Well done, Hazel.

Unknown said...

Dear Hazel
This is so true! Jesus is our leader and He showed us what leadership in His Kingdom is about. He told us that a leader in His eyes do not lord it over others like the world does, but they serve by doing the menial jobs like washing feet!
Blessings XX

Nannette said...

Wonderful Hazel! "Take up your cross and follow me..."

Jerri Tuck said...

Thanks for sharing this Hazel...Lord, help me to be a good follower!!

Wise Hearted said...

Hazel, I could not agree more with you and the Pastor. Life in Christ is about "following", even if you are in a leadership role. Great points of truth to read this morning. Thanks for sharing them.

Lisa notes... said...

This makes me happy, Hazel. Because it's so true, but I often forget it. I'm called to follow! Jesus leads. Thanks for sharing this lesson you learned.