Followership

I’ve started reading a book that I can tell is going to turn me upside down.  It’s “Following Christ” by Joseph Stowell.   Stowell explores what it means to truly “follow” in that it is the unconditional pursuit of Christ, fully surrendering our will & lives to His control & leadership.  It parallels Luke 9:23 where Christ says that anyone who follows Him must deny himself & take up his cross.  Right now, I’m seeing this play out in my own life as I am in the midst of a career transition.  I’ve had lots of plans re: my career & God has detoured me multiple times and I now find myself looking for God’s direction once again.  The question is not only “what does God want me to do”, but am I willing to go there?  The easy answer is yes.  The reality is that getting to “yes” can be a real struggle, especially since God often asks us to give the answer before we know the destination.  Yet, who else would I follow?  Who else has the right & authority to direct my life?  For if it’s left up to me, it won’t be pretty.

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