May 11 – Why Do You Follow Jesus?

2 Kings 13-14 John 2

“When Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover Feast, many people believed in him because they saw the miracles he did. But Jesus did not believe in them because he knew them all. He did not need anyone to tell him about people, because he knew what was in people’s minds.” (Luke 2:23-25 NCV)

Miracles can draw a person to the miracle maker or they can be addicting. Jesus turned water into wine. And people took notice. He healed, and people wanted more. He feed people, and they still wanted more. It’s never been recorded in Scripture, but I can’t help but wonder, if, after eating the loaves and fishes, some people left grumbling that they didn’t get dessert. Jesus understood people. He knew who followed Him for the next miracle, and who followed Him because of His teaching. He knew their hearts and minds. In most cases, it wasn’t pretty.

I probably shouldn’t say much about that. I know my own thoughts. I know my own desires. I know the evil in my own heart. Though I try to hide it from others, God still sees it. The question I have to ask myself is do I follow Jesus because of what He can do for me, or do I follow Him because of who He is and what He’s already done for me. Natalie Grant has a song out called “More Than Anything.” These lyrics reveal the struggle that she’s having, and reminds all of us where our priorities should be:

“Help me want the Healer more than the healing
Help me want the Savior more than the saving
Help me want the Giver more than the giving
Oh Help me want you Jesus more than anything”

We should follow Jesus for who He is, not for what He can do for us. We should follow Jesus because of what He’s already done instead of looking for the next miracle.

Lord, help me to focus on who You are. Help me to want You more than anything.

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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