Jesus said to His disciples, “Follow me.” Initially it meant that He would become their instructor. Through time, they would discover that the Savior was much more. Two-thousand years later, “Follow me,” is just as powerful.
No matter how long we have been following Christ, we are still learning better ways to do things. Each day becomes a fresh adventure in Him. At times, the path seems gentle. On other occasions, it seems like we are climbing the Matterhorn of faith.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your won understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
The second part of this command, “lean not on your won understanding,” is perhaps the hardest. Our plans, desires, and dreams are jettisoned in the shadow of Christ. We think that we know our limitations, resources, and abilities. This is true without the divine empowerment of God’s Spirit. This means if God calls us, He is responsible to provide for our needs, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. I believe 90% of the difficulties in discipleship come from our battle to release control.
Ski slopes are categorized by ability. There are expert, intermediate, and novice slopes. Sitting around the lodge drinking cocoa does not prepare one for the Olympics. We may like the bunny slopes, but God has black diamonds on His mind.
The same thing is true about our spiritual growth. Following Jesus is much more than attending a half-hour weekly Sunday service. Instead, we must apply our faith daily. I recommend starting each morning in prayer.