Jesus Is Followed - Beth's Story

This week we will be hearing from five different writers – all who grew up at Immanuel and are now on staff here.

“I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back”

Whenever I hear this song, it reminds me of being at church as a child. Such simple words with such a deep meaning. I was 13 when I “decided to follow Jesus,” but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I understood what following Jesus truly meant.

You see, following Jesus is more than just believing He is the Son of God. Following Jesus is a daily decision to grow in your walk with the Lord. The Bible maps out how we can effectively follow Christ:

  1. Accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
  2. Love God. “This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:38)   
  3. Love others. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) This is not just our next-door neighbor, but also all those around us. 
  4. Love yourself. God made you in His image; and since He doesn’t make mistakes, you are to love yourself, as God loves you. 
  5. Pray. This seems simple, right? Don’t leave this important step out! Prayer is our chance to spend time with God. 
  6. Learn the Bible. Having a personal relationship with God starts with reading the Word of God. The more you read, the more you will learn.
  7. Bring God into all aspects of your life. God is here for us all the time, not just on Sundays. Invite Him into every part of your life. You can talk to Him anytime, not just at mealtimes. 
  8. Trust in God. God knows what is best for us. Put aside your desires and trust that His plan is what’s best for you.
  9. Be thankful. In good times and in bad, remember to be grateful for everything God has done for us. He gave the ultimate sacrifice.
  10. Avoid temptation. We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Strive to be like Christ, and ask for forgiveness when you mess up. The devil is going to tempt us with things of this world, but look to God for strength to overcome. 

Another verse in the song states, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” We all have times when we feel alone. Throughout the past year, there have been many opportunities for loneliness. God is the light in the darkness. He will ALWAYS be there for us to follow.

By Beth Cheak

Beth is the Communications & Marketing Associate at Immanuel. She is married to her loving husband of 10 years and they have four children.






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