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Today’s Blog Contributor: 

Allie Espinosa

Allie EspinosaAllie has been in women’s leadership for over 10 years.  She is currently the Women’s ministry director at the Sandpoint Assembly in Sandpoint, Idaho. She is a speaker and has a huge passion to  build  women up and help equip them to fulfill their full potential in God. She is currently working on domestic violence and sex trafficking issues in Sandpoint by advocating and bringing women and children to safety, as well as being certified in mental health first aid. She serves as the historian on the Bonner County Canopy of Prayer, Woman of Worship area leader, and area woman’s leader for North Idaho for the Northwest Ministry Network Women’s Department.

 

What it Means to Follow Jesus

In Luke 9:23-24 Jesus says, take up your cross and follow me.

I pose this question to you, do you wait to follow God?

ThoughtsI am reminded of Elijah waiting for Elisha to go with him for the start of his training, if you will. Some commentaries say Elisha waited all day for Elisha to kiss his mother and father goodbye before he left on his journey with Elijah.

Again, do you wait to follow God?

This could be any area of your life. Why do you wait? Is it out of fear – what is in the unknown, how do I start this journey or perhaps, it all seems bigger than me.

Elisha had to give up what was familiar and move into an unknown territory. Scripture doesn’t say what his relationship with Elijah was. So that could be a factor for Elisha as well.

However, it looks to me like God always sends a helper when we are asked to embark onto another task outside of our comfort zone. Don’t give up on yourself and don’t give up on God.

Following Jesus, for me, is giving up what you know as familiar and entering into a land of marvelous wonder and adventure in God. At this very moment, I am embark on an adventure with God. Daily, I set forth on this journey God has for me. So I could sympathize with you if the former is true.

As Paul stated in Phil 1:2, “To live as Christ and to die is gain”. Will you die to yourself and your own ambitions? You have what you have in your heart, because God gave you those desires. However, these desires and ambitions should be walked out as God has intended for them. It’s not about us, it is about letting God take over.

God says in Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways”. So daily as you give a bigger piece of yourself to God, ask Him, “What do you say for me today?” This will keep you on the track of following Jesus.

Blessings to you!