Reasons I Follow 002

  On a hot Spring day, I think it might have been Memorial Day, my dad wanted me to help him in the yard with some landscaping. I was tired, I had prepared myself for a relaxing day, school was pretty hectic and I was working as well, so in my young mind I thought I had a good excuse for doing nothing. Dad had other plans. He wanted both my sister and myself to help him outside. Needless to say, I was frustrated, I didn’t want to be out there, it was hotter than I was bargaining for and, I just wasn’t in the mood. He assured me it wouldn’t take that long, but of course, things like that always stretch out. Begrudgingly I got my work shoes on and headed outside.One of the things he wanted me to do later in the day was edge around the mulch beds so we can lay new mulch. By this time I was actually in a much better mood, ready to do whatever he needed. I edged and I edged, I was very proud of my work. You know, working with dirt and earth and the ground is oddly rewarding and satisfying. I finished what I considered to be a wonderful piece of work and was really happy about my addition to the history of landscaping mastery. Dad walked over and I was waiting on a, “wow, that looks great. good job.” Instead what I got was a, “hand me the shovel, let me show you what it’s supposed to look like.” Not in a degrading way, mind you, but in a Fatherly, teaching kind of way.What does this have to do with why I follow Jesus?You see, I was finished with my work, I was satisfied with what I had done. If it were up to me, I would have put the shovel down, washed the dirt off my hands and had a nice glass of iced tea. But my dad, knowing what it should look like completed the job.Which brings me to another reason I follow Jesus.When Jesus does something He does it completely. He doesn’t leave the work half-done and walk away satisfied that He showed some effort. When He was on the cross and He sucked in one of those last waning breaths and cried out, “It is finished,” He wasn’t saying that He was finished the way I was finished with my edging.No, He was saying, the deed has been completely done. No longer do you have to come to God the way you’ve come to Him all these years. You can now come through me, you can now follow me to God. When Jesus does something He does it completely.My dad spent two minutes on what I thought was an amazing piece of handy work. When He was done, it looked nothing like what I had created. Through the mastery of his expert hand and the beauty of what he created, it was revealed to me how short I had come of what could be.We are the same way with God.We do things ourselves, we work hard to get things right, we do what we are supposed to do…or what we think we are supposed to do. But through the mastery of His expert hand we are shown what really can be and are reminded of how short we come apart from Him. I love Jesus for that, among many other things.That’s just another reason I follow Jesus.More to come. 

About andy

I like to talk, I like to write. I like to share. This blog lets me do those things. It's just my thoughts, things that happen to me. I'm a pastor and the director of a non-profit organization called Refuge Ministries. (By the way, the thoughts shared on this blog are in no way associated with Refuge, they are just, don't get upset).
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