Following Jesus

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  from John 10 verses 2-5

It is a new year. A time to look forward and dream about all that could happen in 2015. This is commonly the time when many of us make new year’s resolutions. These are often well intentioned resolutions that most often have something to do with our health. We resolve to eat better, to work out more, get more sleep, and many other helpful things. But when was the last time that we took a moment at the beginning of the year and asked Jesus what He has for us in the year to come?

What is Jesus calling you to this coming year? What faith filled risks does He have for you? What areas of your life is He asking you to let go of? What transforming work does He want to complete in you? This year let us all set aside the time to hear the voice of our shepherd Jesus, calling us where He would like us to go. Let us make resolutions on His plans and not our own.

As you begin to do that, I want to challenge you with a new year’s resolution. For all of us who have a relationship with Jesus Christ and claim to follow Him. Remember His command to all of us “to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). What if instead of resolving to lose a little weight this year, we all resolved that through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit we would lead someone to Christ. What a year of transformation and growth that would be for us, our church, and our community.

Jesus, I am sorry for all the times that I make my plans without listening to Your voice. Help me to wait on You this year. Help me to hear You calling me. Help me to plan my life around You. Empower me to follow You wherever You go. Use me this year to lead others to You.

Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes you a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week, Diving In is written by Pastor Jonathan.