I'm sure most of you have heard the song, "Footprints of Jesus". Today, I am going to be discussing some of its lyrics. "Footprints of Jesus, that make the pathway glow; we will follow the steps of Jesus where'er they go." When we sing this song, do we really mean it? Are we really prepared to follow the footsteps of Jesus? It sounds really simple, until we realize that Jesus was persecuted for His faith. Are we really prepared to be persecuted, or do we just sing this song out of habit?
Not all of life following God is a difficult one, but if you are alive, then you will go through hard times. Either you have already have, are right now, or will in the future, you will face hard times in your life. I'm not saying this to discourage you, or to scare you, but to show you that if you follow the footprints of Jesus, you can't just do the easy things. You have to be in it for the long haul. I know of so many people who will go to church on Sunday mornings, if they feel like it, and that's all that they ever do. They're those pew warmers that I talked about in my article, "Living By Faith" (here's the link to it if you want to read:http://marvelouslymodest.blogspot.com/2012/10/living-by-faith.html). If you are going to follow the footprints of Jesus, you have to make it apply to your life. Now, I'm not saying that you have to spend 6 hours on a cross, but you still have to live life like He did. We're not expected to be perfect, but we're expected to do what God says. If we were expected to be perfect, then there would be no reason for Jesus to die for our sins.
I'm not saying any of this to scare you. Yes, you will be persecuted in your Christianity, but you will if you're a Christian or not. And, it's worth it if you're a Christian. John 3:3, "Jesus answered him, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.'" and again in verse 5 of the same book and chapter, "Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'" If you're a Christian, and follow the Bible, yes, you will be persecuted, but it'll be worth it. But you have to follow all of it, not just some of it. Matthew 6:24, "'No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.'" You have to follow God all the time.
So when you sing, "Footprints of Jesus", do you mean it? Do you really, fully understand what that means? It means that you're not just a Christian on Sunday mornings, and you live your life following God's word. But the great thing is, even though we go through hard times just like Jesus, we'll also go into Heaven, just like Jesus. But that means that we have to live it, not just say it.
Thank you for reading, and please keep this in mind. :)