Why You Should Walk In The Footsteps of Jesus
The Lord wants to give you revelation and insight. It is essential that each of us hears his voice and follows his leadings. I’m confident that you already recognize this, but this is precisely how Jesus acted as He walked the earth.
First of all, we see Jesus positioning Himself to listen to the Father. He said, “I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:29).
He wasn’t going to say or do anything until He understood his Father’s heart on the matter. Jesus makes an explicit reference to this approach later in this same Gospel account:
“For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say” (John 12:49-50).
After hearing from the Father, He was ready to act. Jesus proclaimed, “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me” (John 14:31). Just like Him, we should accomplish whatever the Father is directing us to do.
With Jesus, it wasn’t just listening, but seeing and perceiving. Jesus was watching to discover what his Father was up to and was ready to act. He declared, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19).
As Jesus envisioned the heart of the Father, he was ready to respond. Believers, today, must follow this same model. When we spend time with the Father, it empowers us to advance.
Some things need to be considered as we endeavor to follow Jesus. Many would point out that a flawed human being couldn’t minister like Jesus. After all, he is God and can do things we cannot. I understand that line of thinking.
It is true that Jesus was and is God. However, while he was ministering on earth, he did not access his deity. Instead, he functioned as a man—providing a practical model for all of us (See Philippians 2:5-8).
So if Jesus operated as a man, how did he obtain power and insight? That is a crucial question that demands to be examined. I believe that the answer is in the following passage:
“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick” (Luke 5:15-17).
We observe from this passage that Jesus withdrew from the crowds and earnestly pursued the Father. As he pressed into the Creator, more power and insight was released. It may appear that I’m referencing different biblical sections, but I’m not. Luke wants his audience to know that it was the intimate prayer in verse 16 that enabled “the power of the Lord” to be present for Him to heal the sick in verse 17.
Following Jesus’ pattern, we need to press into the heart of the Father and listen to His voice.
Whenever I allude to this, Christians tend to “push back.” They say it’s too complicated. People often make hearing from God harder than it should be. God has no intention of remaining silent to those who love Him. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice“ (John 10:27). It can’t get any simpler than this.
As we press into God and hear His voice, it will position us to reflect his nature. It will also permit us to operate in supernatural power. The overflow of our worship and prayer brings spiritual gifts that impact multitudes.
A focus on God in private moments will enable us to perceive those who need ministry. When we press into the Father, we gain insight into who to touch. They will usually stand out.
The more connected we are to God, the more effective we will be in outreach.