Have you ever wondered what it looks like to follow God? I mean really follow God. Like passionately love and pursue Him with every fiber of your being, to have tears run down your face at church because your heart is so full of thankfulness for the grace He lavished upon us. To fully comprehend and be astounded that we get to call ourselves daughters of the Creator of the Universe. To sit outside and marvel at His creation: at the mountains, the ocean, the flowers, and the sunset. And finally to answer His call to live your life worthy of the calling you have received. You might ask yourself, what is this calling? You might wonder now that you have accepted Christ as Lord of your life, what is next? What does God want me to do now? I have some pointers that will practically help you follow God in every aspect of your life. Truly following all of these points will be challenging; I never said it would be easy. But it will be worth it.
1. Embrace Your Identity
You are His beloved daughter. Although God doesn’t need you, He wants you. And He wants you passionately. So passionately He poured out His wrath on His only Son in order to have intimacy with you once more. He wants to know you. He wants to know how awful school is, how that girl called you out in front of everybody, how that guy broke your heart, how your mom is critical of your appearance, He wants to now everything. Our God is an active, living, and involved Father. He is a Father. And He fiercely loves you. He is always with you. Psalm 139: 7-10 reminds us,
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
Our God is a loving father who loves and pursues you because He wants to know you.
2. Kill Sin at All Costs
We all have different sin issues that plague our lives and wage war on our spiritual walk with our Father. Whenever I see a sin issue keeping me from walking closer to the Lord I remember Matthew 5:29,
“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away.”
Metaphorically if something is causing you to sin, get rid of it. Just eliminate it from your life. Ask your godly friends to hold you accountable and to help you battle that sin issue. Our God is completely loving, but He is also completely just. He has to punish sin (which is why He had to sacrifice His son to return unity with us). He is an all-powerful, all-knowing God. He is power. He is strength. He isn’t a God to play around with. Flee from temptation.
3. Draw Near to God
The Bible promises in James 4:8, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” How do you draw near to God? You draw close to God through prayer (journaling works best for me), worship, reading His Word, and through community. I’ve found that the stronger community of believers you have the stronger your walk with the Lord will be. God made us to be in community with others-we were never meant to be solitary creatures all on our own. A solid group of believers will lift you closer to the Lord. Another way to grow closer to the Lord is worship. Worship brings us closer to our Creator. Ephesians 5:19 says,
“speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God.”
Lastly, reading the Word of God brings you closer to Him. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tell us,
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Reading the Word reveals God to us and prepares us for the work He has for us.
If you have ever longed for a passionate, radical, life-changing relationship in the Lord, the bottom line is to seek and love him. Seek Him with all your heart. Love Him above all else. Talk to Him continually throughout your day, keeping him at the forefront of your mind. Don’t compromise. Fight sin with every fiber of your being. Decide that your love for Him is more important than anything else.