Who are you following?
During the month of November, I’ve made the commitment to read the entire Gospel of John every day. No matter what. I don’t want to just hear someone else read the Bible to me on Sunday mornings. I don’t want to only interact with the Bible when I teach it. I want a relationship with the Bible. God’s Word should direct, shape and impact my life on a daily basis- a Monday through Saturday kind of impact. I want an intimate knowledge of who God is, who and what He is for and why He is.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Some days, I read the whole thing in the morning before I did anything else. A few days, I was so busy I rushed to read it before midnight (which I actually prefer). There were several days I read bits here and there. I’ve read it in the ESV multiple times, NLT a couple of times, NIV a few days and I’ve listened to it in the Message several times. In the last few days there will probably be more rushed readings, a few more versions and several more hours of reading, thinking, asking and praying. However, nothing will top today’s reading.
My family is doing Thanksgiving today and that means hanging out at my grandmother’s house. My Nanny is pretty awesome. She’ll cook for you, lecture you, worry about you, cry over you, randomly let a cuss word slip then blush and pray over you. My two favorites would have to be the random slipping of words and the prayer.
I truly believe that I am where I am today as a result of my grandmother’s prayers. She has prayed for her grandchildren for over 35 years. She has prayed with us, over us and for us. The prayers over us are probably my favorite. I love that my grandmother loves me enough to talk to God about me, even when I’m not around. Today, I was able to do something when she wasn’t around. I sat in her chair and read John from her Bible.
My grandmother sits in this chair and prays for her nation, her city, her neighborhood, her church, her family, her husband and herself. This is the chair that Nanny sits in as she reads God’s Word every single day. Just a few years ago, I never thought that I’d care about reading one verse of the Bible, let alone an entire book. I didn’t know that I would find God’s Word so interesting or be so intrigued by my grandmother’s notes.
One of my favorite quotes is “ Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” There’s debate over who actually said it, but I don’t care. ’Cause Nanny did it and still does it. She has preached the Gospel to me my entire life and when necessary used words. She preached the Gospel to me in the way she raised me, in the way she cheered me on, in the way she has loved one man her entire adult life. Since I’ve declared my own faith, she’s used words a lot more to cheer me on and hold me accountable. Where she leads, I follow. A few years ago I couldn’t imagine that I would want to follow my grandmother as she followed Jesus. But, she did.
My grandmother is leading me into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Who is leading you? Who are you leading?