For some reason, every time I heard the phrase “follow faithfully” on Sunday, I imagined a company of sailors marching through boot camp. Truth is, I spent my childhood on a military base and observed all kinds of marching.
Some of the guys (and gals) had no trouble following their leader. Yet, some had two left feet. What seemed to help was the cadence that the instructor called out. That silly “song” helped set a rhythmic sequence to the march and made it easier to follow along.
If we are going to be a church that follows our Savior with grit and grace, I think we need to listen for some spiritual cadence as well. It won’t start with, “You gotta go left, go left, go left…” but I do think we can all hear it.
That spiritual cadence is described in Psalm 29 where the Scripture says, “The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders.” His voice is powerful and majestic, and as His people listen, “all in His temple cry out ‘glory!’”
As we read and absorb His Word, as we pray and listen for His answers, as we meditate on His precepts—we HEAR Him, and we can learn to follow.
Following Jesus involves so much more than just doing “Christian things.” Following isn’t just a series of actions, it is an understanding of who we are. Following is about our identity. Even though we wish our sanctification would happened all at once, it is incremental. One step in front of the other.
Faithfully following Jesus starts with a simple act of obedience, but it isn’t easy. We need GRIT, a kind of purposeful resolve and strength of character. We are committed, so we press on towards the goal.
Even so, grit isn’t enough. We also need GRACE. As we follow hard after Jesus, we regularly stumble and fall. Failure is a part of the human experience. We need His grace so we can fall into His arms every day.
So, everybody in line. Stand up straight and tall. Stomach in. Chest out. Eyes locked at a 10% gaze above the horizon. Feet at a 45-degree angle. Hands cuffed along the line of our trousers. Ready…March!
Let’s follow the Leader!