Most Christians today take a certain amount of pride in proclaiming that ‘they will follow the Lord anywhere’ when what they really mean is that they will follow if it is humanly reasonable or if it meets with the approval of the church they attend or if it is agreed to by friends and family or if it agrees with the generally accepted interpretation of Scripture. But that is just lip service and contains no spiritual substance. Further, it will never result in a powerful witness to the lost. Suppose the Lord asked you to do something that goes totally against common sense and even seems to violate His laws. What if He asked you to marry a prostitute as He did Hosea? What if He asked you to sacrifice your son on an alter as He did Abraham? What if He told you to go dip in a muddy river and you would be healed? What if He told you to reduce the size of your army from thousands to 300 and then engage in the battle as He did Gideon? What if He told you to proclaim the truth to a nation that would not respond and you would see no results of your efforts like He did Jeremiah? What if He told you to give up your business and source of income, that supports your family, and serve Him in some menial way? Would you follow Him then?

 

The most common response to all this is that one would ask, “How else will I know this is really the will of the Lord if I don’t check in with other Christians?” But the one that has to ask that question only reveals that he doesn’t have a relationship with the Lord anyway for the Lord said, “My sheep know my voice” and those that are led by the Spirit are the “sons of God”. We must each ask what our level of commitment is toward the Lord and just how far are we willing to go? And let us not forget that the Lord said if we follow Him we will suffer as He suffered and will be rejected by even friends and family. This is “the fellowship of His suffering” (Philippians 3: 10); If we are not suffering, are we really one of His?

 

Down in the valley with my Saviour I would go,

Where the storms are sweeping and the dark waters flow;

With His hand to lead me I will never, never fear,

Danger cannot frighten me if my Lord is near . . . (Follow On)