Active with God
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me" (John 1:43).
Jesus sought out Philip and found him. This is the heart of our Lord: to seek us out and to find us. He seeks us out in our sin to find us. He seeks us out in our success and failures to find us. He seeks us out at school and work to find us. He seeks us out in our singleness or in our marriage to find us. He seeks us out in new seasons of life to find us. He seeks us—even if, we haven’t sought Him. He came to seek and to save us, because He loves us. He seeks us, so we will seek Him.
Like a loving shepherd looks for one lost sheep, our Lord comes after us with compassion. Like a focused woman searches her home for a misplaced piece of silver, God does what’s required to reach out and find us—His valuable possession. Like a loving father runs toward his repentant son, so our Savior meets us in our pain to minister His healing grace. Jesus finds us, so we will follow Him. He discovers us, so we will do something with Him. Disciples are active with God.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
What a privilege to follow the One who formed us in our mother’s womb and who formed the heavens and the earth. What a joy to join the One who rescued us from fighting for the devil, instead enlisting us to fight against the devil. Christ is our Commander-In-Chief from whom we take orders with an attitude of instant obedience. He is our Savior; we follow by faith. Christ is our model of character whom we seek to imitate with our actions. He’s our intimate friend with whom we commune.
Time is short—so, be an active follower of Jesus. Your love for the Lord and people can’t sit still. Heavenly intentionality defines engaged disciples. Be occupied with Christ’s agenda upon His return. There are a variety of opportunities to partner with the Spirit’s work. Perhaps you serve at Celebrate Recovery. Volunteer at a woman’s shelter or girl’s home. Lead at a men’s retreat or boy’s club. Facilitate a new believer’s class at church or park cars. Yes, just as exercise benefits bodily function, so active faith flushes out your soul’s spiritual toxins. Stay active with God!
“The same is true with faith. Without actions, faith is useless. By itself, it’s as good as dead” (James 2:17, The Voice).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your loving grace activates my faith to lovingly engage others on Your behalf.
Related Readings: Ezekiel 35:12, 16; Matthew 7:21; Luke 15:3-31; Galatians 5:6; James 1:22
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