“Follow me.” — “Okay, where are we going?”

“Follow me.”

That’s the invitation. And it’s natural to ask, “Okay, where are we going?”

I think I’ve decided it’s the wrong question.

When Jesus called His disciples, He didn’t talk about where they’d go or what they’d do. He simply invited them to travel with Him.

I think it’s not about destination or activity or what we accomplish. I think it might be more about making sure we travel with Jesus and get to know Him.

I tend to get in trouble when I decide a particular result is “God’s plan.” Once I make that determination, I have to make it happen, no matter what, because it’s God’s plan. And obviously Jesus is going to help me–why wouldn’t He? It’s what God wants.

You see the problem, right? Suddenly it’s not clear who’s following whom. Maybe I’m expecting Jesus to serve me, support my agenda, and carry my stuff because I’m doing God’s work!

Perhaps a better way is deciding to travel with Jesus and listen a lot, no matter what. I’ll do what I’m good at and use my gifts to serve others, but I’ll trust Him for the results.

It comes down to one of my favorite questions: Do I really believe what I believe?

Do I really trust God? Is knowing Jesus really my highest priority? Am I truly willing to surrender the illusion of control? Do I seek His kingdom, or do I seek my rights, my political agenda, my version of God’s will?

This might be a good week to accept Jesus’ invitation to travel together and get to know Him.

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