Following Jesus in the press of life

Following Jesus is like singing a duet. It’s a work of grace. Of being in sync, reading the other, and thrilling to the beauty of shared expression.

It’s an expression of faith. Choosing to trust, motivated by love. It’s believing that the Person who created you has your greatest good in view.

Such a choice can’t be taken lightly. There are cautions in Scripture. References to conflict and rejection. Being taken as a fool, suffering harm, and embracing self-denial.

The book of Hebrews refers to such people as “those of whom the world was not worthy.” Their eyes were focused beyond the world. Their lot was friendship with God, fullness of joy, and overcoming evil with good.

Following Jesus reminds us of what our hearts yearn for. It makes us generous with grace and mercy, because we’ve tasted both.

Learning to follow Jesus takes time. We have jobs, small children, stressors, and headaches. Yet, these are the soil in which Christlikeness thrives. When, in the press of life we learn to love well, we are hitting the high notes.