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By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. – Exodus 13:21-22
By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
Following Jesus is not simply about a one-time decision. The Bible does suggest there’s a moment when we cross the line of faith, put our faith in Jesus, trust him for salvation that we move from death to life, but that’s not the end of the journey, that’s simply the beginning. Now begins a lifetime of learning what it means to follow Jesus. This involves thousands upon thousands of daily decision to keep Jesus first.
The Israelites were out of Egypt and on their way to Freedom when God showed up in a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. His presence was always with them, leading their every move. When Jesus came, he came with the name Immanuel: God with us. In the same way, God led the Israelites day by day, the Lord desires to lead us. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Nowhere in Scripture does Jesus say, “Make a one-time decision and you are good to go.” Instead, Jesus invites us to walk with him daily. This daily discipline is what will change our lives.
It’s interesting how we will work all day at our job, all day at looking good, we will work all day long at becoming popular or well-liked, or all day at a certain hobby or sport. But when it comes to our faith, somewhere along the line, we think that spiritual growth will just happen by going to church once a week. It’s a great start. But, God invites us into so much more – a daily relationship!
Study church history, or even look around your sphere of influence, and you’ll likely find that the most effective people in ministry are not always the most talented, or the best spoken, or most educated. The most effective are those who walk with Jesus daily.