3 Keys to Following God

One of my favorite books of the Bible is the Gospel of Mark. I like his “just the facts” approach to the Gospel story. I had a little laugh recently while reading the following passage:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”  Mark 1:35-38 (NIV)

Doesn’t it seem odd to you that Jesus left as soon as the crowds began to gather? Typically, most leaders are hoping to draw a big crowd, but Jesus did something quite unusual at that point. When His ratings spiked–He took a hike! When the numbers were high–he said goodbye. When the crowds grew–he bid them adieu.

Doesn’t that strike you as being unusual? Why did Jesus do that? What can we learn from this story? Here are three keys to following God as a true believer.

3 Keys to Following God

1. God’s plan is rarely like our plan. He knows best, so we should trust Him and follow Him. He often leads us to do the unexpected…..the unpredictable…..the unthinkable!

2. We should never allow others to shape us by their expectations. I am a people-pleaser and the opinions of others matter greatly to me. But, I know that I should seek to live for an audience of one. Although we want to be good examples to those around us, ultimately, we should simply try to please God.

3. We should never exchange good for God. Some things are good to do, but they are not the things God has led us to do–they are good, but they are not God. The challenge is to live in such a way that we can discern the difference.

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  1. Cathy O'Brien says:

    In my life, I have made decisions due to the fact that I MADE them. I didn’t trust God to make them for me. He knows what is best for me. God is the only audience I need. A wise Pastor (I can’t say his name, but his initials are SR) once told me that God sees the big picture. I listened but I didn’t hear. I hear loud & clear now. God is so good. HE is in control.

  2. towelandbasin says:

    Thanks Cathy. You made lots of good decisions along the way as well. I have learned that we all need each other on our Christian journeys. I need the help, advice, and accountability of others to keep me strong and focused.

  3. your buddy says:

    Your comments about an audience of one reminded me of a song by the same name…….

    Audience Of One

    I come on my knees
    To lay down before you
    Bringing all that I am
    Longing only to know you
    Seeking your face
    And not only your hand
    I find you embracing me
    Just as I am

    And I lift these songs
    To you and you alone
    As I sing to you
    In my praises make your home

    To my audience of one
    You are Father, and you are Son
    As your spirit flows free,
    Let it find within me
    A heart that beats to praise you.
    And now just to know you more
    Has become my great reward
    To see your kingdom come
    And your will be done
    I only desire to be yours,
    Lord

    So what could I bring
    To honor your majesty
    What song could I sing
    That would move the heart of royalty
    And all that I have
    Is the life that you’ve given me
    So Lord let me live for you
    My song with humility

    And Lord as the love song
    Of my life is played
    I have one desire
    To bring glory to your name

    To my audience of one
    You are Father, and you are Son
    As your spirit flows free,
    Let it find within me
    A heart that beats to praise you.
    And now just to know you more
    Has become my great reward
    To see your kingdom come
    And your will be done
    I only desire to be yours,
    Lord

    And we lift these songs
    To you and you alone
    As we sing to you
    In our praises make your home

    To my audience of one
    You are Father, and you are Son
    As your spirit flows free,
    Let it find within me
    A heart that beats to praise you.
    And now just to know you more
    Has become my great reward
    To see your kingdom come
    And your will be done
    I only desire to be yours,
    Lord

  4. towelandbasin says:

    Wow Buddy! Those are some powerful words. The phrases that leaps off the page at me is “A heart that beats to praise You. And now just to know you more has become my great reward.”

  5. Excellent post, Steve. Thank you for excellent key points to remember AND practice.

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