Following In The Master’s Steps: Meditation for the thirteenth Sunday after trinity
The Jewish disciples of Jesus time were called followers because they literally followed their masters who went ahead of them. The best follower was the one who observed the master’s footsteps and followed in them.
As Christians, we are disciples and followers of our Master, Jesus Christ. He came from heaven, became man and has gone ahead of us to show us the way. We need to follow Him in His footsteps to get to where He is leading us. The footsteps are the life that He is calling us into. The Lord’s Call, “Follow Me” means: Walk where I walked; Do what I did; Say what I said. Following in the Master’s steps is about being guided by God. We need to be discerning to the guidance of God and follow Him both in ordinary things of life and the ultimate goal of our existence.
The Master’s Steps Today – The Word
“In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son… The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word…” (Heb.1:1-3).
God has fully spoken to us through his Son who became man. This made Jesus the Incarnate Word of God, which in turn is translated to the Written Word of God. Therefore, hearing God speak to us today actually means ascertaining from the Scriptures what is God’s revealed will for us, what are the paths He forbids us to walk, what are the ways that are pleasing in His sight. Following in the Master’s steps today means regulating and conforming one’s life and conduct to the precepts of the written Word and the example left for us by the Incarnate Word. The question for every decision or plan we make and every action we take should be: Is this in harmony with God’s Word? Is it what the Scriptures enjoin? Does it square with the rule God has given us to walk by? Is it in accord with the example, which Christ left for us to follow? If it is in harmony with God’s Word, then it must be “according to God’s will,” for His will is revealed in His Word. If my conduct squares with the rule of righteousness (the precepts and commands of the Word), then I must be “led of the Lord,” for he leads only into the “paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:1, 3).
God may speak to us in different ways, but it must not contradict His word. The Word supplies us with an unerring chart by which to steer through the dangerous sea of life. If we sincerely and diligently follow, it will deliver us from disastrous rocks and submerged reefs, and direct us safely to the heavenly harbour. The Word has all the instructions we need for every problem, every emergency we may be called upon to face.
Reflections on the Bible Readings for Day (Mattins)
Gen.29:1-20 is about the story of Jacob’s marriage to Rachael. God guided his steps to Laban’s house and eventually to the marriages with Leah and Rachael. God uses many ways to guide us. Hearing God clearly and being able to identify His voice, among others, are essential for the compliance to His directives and walking in His steps.
2Tim. 1:1-14 is Paul’s pastoral epistle in which Timothy is given guidance. God also guides through mentorship. Timothy’s faith was derived from his mother through his grandmother. He now had Paul as mentor and guide. Paul urged him: “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.” (vs 13). Paul also underscored the role and importance of the Holy Spirit in getting us to our destination.
The Venerable Dr Princewill Onyinyechukwu Ireoba, FIMC, CMC is the Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.
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