Very early in our marriage, my wife told me that she’d follow me anywhere. Neither of us knew at that time how much her promise would be tested. Since that time, we have moved from the Mid-West to the East-coast to the West-coast and from America to Eastern Europe and back again.
Amazingly, each place to which we moved my wife built a “nest” to provide safety for our children and comfort for me. And in each location, my wife thrived. She has a deep relationship with Jesus and hears the Holy Spirit’s directions, so God blesses the work of her hands.
Today, my wife and I met with my sister. We reminisced and had a wonderful time. As we were heading home, I started thinking about, “I’ll follow you anywhere.” I pray that I will always say this to Jesus.
We find a great example of following in the twentieth chapter of the book of John. After Christ’s resurrection, Jesus restored Peter to his “office” as an Apostle. Then we read in John 21:20-22 (emphasis added): Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved (John) following them…When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!“
We mustn’t measure our calling by how God is using other Christians. This concern is such an easy trap in which to fall. It makes no difference if God chooses a believer and gives them a great ministry or sends them to another country or marvelously prospers them. What matters is our obedience to our calling. Jesus says to each one of us, “You follow me!”