When The Show Is Over

“A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick.”
John 6:2

I read this verse today and thought:

We tend to follow things that yield results.

In terms of following Jesus, what first caught your eye about Him? Was it His hand of healing that got your attention? And once you took notice of Him and began to follow Him, what is keeping your attention now?

Today, I was reminded of a choice we need to make every day. It’s the choice to keep following Him even when the “show” is over. What happens to our enthusiastic following after the miracle occurs and life goes on? What happens during the seasons when we feel as if God is dragging His feet?

These are the seasons when we discover something about our faith. Are we simply a groupie or are we truly one of His followers? What happens to our desire to follow Him when He seems to be silent? What happens to our enthusiasm when He seems to be leading us down a difficult or painful path?

These are times are faith is tested.  These are the times when we must decide.

Do we follow Him for who He is and not for what we think He should do for us?

Years ago, I had a friend ask me if I ever thought I was missing something by adhering to one doctrine. I thought about that question again this morning and a couple of thoughts came to mind.

First, I don’t want to follow a doctrine, I want to follow Jesus.

Second, falling in love with Jesus is kind of like finding Mr. Right. When you find Mr. Right, you don’t keep searching for a Mr. Right # 2. Instead, you grab hold of Mr. Right, remember that moment He swept you off your feet, and commit to sticking it out for the long haul…”for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.”

His love hasn’t failed me yet.  He’s got an amazing track record.

Linking up with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday

5 thoughts on “When The Show Is Over

  1. LarryTheDeuce

    Eileen, it’s lind of like marriage. All of the healings, etc, was like the courtship. But then after you’re married it sttles down to normal life. How many people want that with Jesus? They want thrill a minute adventures when most of the time it’s just normal plodding through life with Him.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Good thoughts, Larry. Can’t remember who first said it but life with Christ…”is a long obedience in the same direction.”

  2. Heidi

    These are faith-stretching questions Eileen. I want to follow Jesus… in the good times, sure, but especially in the tough times because of who He is and never for what I think He should do for me. I seem to always have my best completely wrong anyway… I’ll leave that to Him and just follow because, it’s true for me too, He hasn’t failed me yet!


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