Saturday, January 3, 2009

Follow Me

When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?"
Jesus said unto him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!"

John 21: 21-22 ESV

Wednesday night my family took ourselves to an annual watch-night service. If you don't know what that is (as in: you're not Independent Baptist), it is a church service that lasts from around 8 PM to Midnight. What happens at these events varies but it's usually some combination of: preaching, singing, eating, game playing, movie watching, preaching, singing, eating... You get the idea.

Our church trades with another church so that one church doesn't have to host every time. It's supposed to give people a break and a change of scenery. This year was not our turn to host so we took a group to visit the other church. Prince Charming was going to be preaching, along with another young man, so there was no danger of...okay, what I was going to say is not gracious so we'll just move along, mmkay?

Our group of about 20 (that's a little more than 10% of our Church family, if you're counting, and I am or anyway, I was) had a good time. I enjoyed the service. Even my persnickety Brother Bear, thought it was one of the best he had been to. (Seriously. He said so.)

So what's the problem, you say? A group equally as large or bigger (including some of our best friends and church leaders) did...something else. Together. Which proves that they weren't "not getting out tonight" or "going to bed early this year". They just...did something else.

It boggles the mind. Okay, it just boggles my mind.

I understand the inclination to say, "If you're not doing what I do, then you're not a good Christian." Oh, do I understand it! I'm fighting it because I don't want to be one of those people who starts measuring skirt length (if you've ever been in a Christian school you know what I'm talking about).

But inside I'm telling God, "See that? They didn't even go to your house on a regular service night. They could've been at mid-week service and watch-night all the same time (you get two points for that, right?), and they didn't! They couldn't be bothered. See? SEE?"

And He says, "You follow me."

I say, "But that's what I'm doing! See? But they..."

And He says, "You follow me."

And because I'm not as smart as Peter, He has to say it again and again and again.

"You follow me. You follow me. You follow me."

I think I know what my New Year's Resolution ought to be.

Maybe, if I listen to Him closely as He says it again and again, I'll get it. Maybe when I'm tempted to compare the commitment of another, when all I want to do is compare myself to a lesser brother, when it seems easy to judge...maybe if I listen I'll hear Him. The command is the same.

"You Follow Me."


Michelle- This One's for the Girls said...

I understand what you' re feeling here. These situations can be very frustrating to our flesh, huh?

Anonymous said...

You are one smart young woman. It took me much longer to learn this lesson and still I struggle with it.
Aunt C.

Anonymous said...

It boggles the mind. Okay, it just boggles my mind.
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What boggles my mind is to see you quoting from the ESV.


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