by Tammy Phillips
July 12, 2021
“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14 NKJV)
Last night, I watched the season finale of the Chosen where Jesus told Matthew that he was leaving them “directions to follow.’ I awoke this morning to a text from mom. It was a devotion about “following directions.” Funny, I had already prayed and asked the Lord what “direction” He wanted the encouragement to go today. I guess I had my answer.
The word direction does not really appear in the King James version of the Bible. However, other synonyms of direction like, guide, instruct, lead, order, charge, path, way, and commandment appear often. The Lord is a God of order and will always show us the way.
Have you ever played follow the leader? The rules are simple and easy to understand. The object of the game is to try and follow everything the leader does. Children line up in a line and do everything the leader of the line does. If you don’t follow the leader, you are out until the next game. The last one standing wins, and then becomes a leader. There is even a song to make it more fun, “We’re following the leader, the leader, the leader …. We’re following the leader wherever He may go.”
Can you hear Jesus calling us, “Let’s play follow the leader? I am going to make this as simple as possible!” We all line up behind Him and He says, “You are My friends, if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14 NKJV) We start singing, “We’re following the leader wherever He may go.” Then He gives one uncomplicated, straightforward direction, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NKJV)
LOVE. STAND. WIN.
I enCOURAGE you to follow our Leader. Follow His one direction…love like He loves. Be love because He is love. Love encompasses and covers it all.
Prayer: “Lord, I hear you, but this is so much easier said than done. We will follow You wherever You go. We will say whatever You say and do whatever You do. Most of all we will love well like You do. In Jesus name, we pray! AMEN!
“Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:1-2 NKJV)