March 19th 2013
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
It’s safe to say that it’s hard to be “with” Jesus and not be changed. All those who spend time “with” Jesus seem to leave a little different than when they arrived. So the question becomes: What does it mean to be “with” Jesus? I think being with Jesus involves traveling where Jesus traveled, meeting those whom Jesus met, seeing those whom Jesus saw, receiving words that Jesus spoke, and putting ourselves in situations that Jesus placed himself in. I guess what it really means is to “follow” Jesus—not just believe in him. (The Promise Effect, p.77)
How can you be "with” Jesus? Think about that today, and plan the following “imagination exercise” for later in the week. Day 1: Try to go through a day imagining Jesus at your side. Do your work, meet your friends, enjoy your family—all with the sense of Jesus right next to you. As you go through the day, ask him what he thinks. (And you don’t need to assume he’ll be judging you all the time. He might really enjoy your friends. He might compliment you on your hard work.)
Day 2: Give Jesus more say. He’s not just coming with you; you’re going with him. Certainly there are responsibilities with work and family that he would want you to fulfill, but are there people he’d like to hang out with? Are there activities he’d like to try? Try to live “with” Jesus on this day, and see how it goes.
Lord, help me to do more than just believe in you. Guide my feet so I might follow. As I physically age, help my spirit to stay young and hopeful.