By Donna Mitchell
We serve a Good Shepherd who will lead us if we willingly and faithfully follow Him.
In John 10:27, Jesus promises, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” As a sheep of the Good Shepherd, we are now attuned to His instruction and leading. He promises that the Lord knows us. He will ensure we hear His voice if we are listening and He beckons us to follow Him.
I like how The Message translates Matthew 16:24-25…
“Anyone who intends to come with Me has to let Me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow Me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.”
I remember hearing a testimony at a volunteer event. The volunteer spoke of the personal transformation that she experienced after stepping out in faith and following Jesus into the prison. I say follow, because she announced that they thought they were taking Jesus into the prison, but they discovered that He was already there – waiting for them to join Him!
Recently, I visited the prison to lead a group: A resident asked if she could share a poem she wrote – she said, God woke her at 4:00 a.m. that morning in her cell and gave it to her. She began to read…her testimony of confessing her sins and asking Jesus to be her Savior. I was stunned…while we were sleeping, the Lord was leading a woman to Himself in her cell.
In Luke 4:18,19, Jesus announces His mission and the fulfillment of Scripture by quoting Isaiah 61…
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’S favor has come.”
When we read the gospels, we find Jesus with the broken, hurting, marginalized in society, and with those needing deliverance and healing.
His heart hasn’t changed. In the economy of the Kingdom, we need the mission as much as the mission needs us. He is calling us to awake: join Me; let Me transform you; let Me show you My heart for the world; you were made for mission. We were made for mission. If an eagle never flies it never discovers its true purpose.