Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow...

All your ways are good
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone
Higher than my side
High above my life
I will trust in you alone

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I'll love
How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

Light unto the world
Light unto my life
I will live for you alone
You're the one I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in you alone, in you alone

In you there's life everlasting
In you there's freedom for my soul
In you there joy, unending joy
and I will follow

 

TID-bits

  • Hiking paths aren’t like roads.   They’re narrow, dirt and gravel covered, and the tougher ones tend to be steep, and somewhat overgrown.
  • However, those are the ones that lead to the most beautiful places.
  • The poet Robert Frost wrote about a path like that:   “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --  I took the one less traveled by,   and that has made all the difference.”
  • Are you following down the road that’s less travelled by the world?   The road that follows Jesus?
  • It’s the one that may be tough and steep at times, but it will lead to beautiful places.

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  • The Bible says in Matthew 7:13:   "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
  • It’s easy to go with the flow down the wide road, however think about this:
  • Do you really want to be on the path that everyone else is on? One that’s wide, and noisy, full of people with confusing and conflicting opinions?
  • Or do you want to be on the narrow path, where’s there’s just room for you walking with the Creator of the Universe in quiet chats, soaking up all His knowledge and wisdom?

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  • I was watering some plants the other day and it got me to thinking:
  • Following Jesus in your life is like using a hose.
  • It doesn’t work unless the hose goes back from your hand to the source of the water.
  • No matter if your life is a gentle stream, or moving like a jet spray out of a nozzle right now, you have to follow the hose back to the source to get what you need in life today.

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  • Everybody has to follow something.   It’s a fact.
  • It’s said that “even the President has a First Lady.”   :)
  • The question is, are you going to follow something that will have a positive impact, or a negative?

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  • I know how irritated I’ve been when someone thinks I’m narrow minded because of my faith.
  • But I don’t look at it that way.
  • I look at it like a laser.
  • A laser has the most narrow beam of light possible
  • And the more narrow the beam, and more energy behind it, the more powerful it is.
  • Believing that Jesus is the one way to heaven, is believing in the one who says He created the universe, the all-powerful God.
  • So let the world think I’m narrow minded.   I’m going to follow Jesus, and find the power of being laser focused.

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  • My kids  like to play this game called “Sharks and Minnows” at the pool.
  • One kid stands outside with his back turned to the others in the pool.   He’s the shark.
  • Those in the water are the minnows.   They hang onto the side and splash around, trying to make the shark think they’re swimming away.
  • If the shark turns around and no one has swum away, he has to take another big step farther away.
  • Ultimately a kid will swim off, and the shark has to run, jump in, and try to catch him before he reaches the other side.
  • This song reminds me of that game.
  • I’m so quick to want to move on something.
  • But the best way to play in life is to wait for God to move, and then jump in with Him and swim with all you’ve got.

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  • I often have a problem with following
  • It’s because I think that by following I’ll have to give up control.
  • But then I thought, we would never have made incredible discoveries in spaceflight unless there was a mission control directing every move.
  • It helped me understand how to have patience when waiting on God.

 

    Scripture References

    Ruth 1:16 -17

    But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

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    Matthew 7:13

    "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

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    Matthew 7:7-8

    Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

     

    Your Own Experiences

    Think about a time in your life when you were glad you followed your parent’s instruction.   Can you compare that to the wisdom of following Christ?

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    Was there a time when following the crowd resulted in a negative situation for you?   Which was better, following the crowd or following Jesus?

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    Do you ever get irritated following behind a slow driver?   Remember, it's OK to get irritated if God seems a little slow to resolve things in their life,   because you’re still on the right road.

     

     

One Response so far.

  1. KSBJ says:

    The song reminds me the childhood game “Follow the Leader”, where you have follow exactly what he/she is doing, like marching, running, hopping, etc. In the same way the Holy Spirit acts as our leader and our compass to guide us in the ways of the Lord so we know where and what He wants us to be doing.

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