Updated: Mar 7
I came to Christ, I mean fully, all in came to Christ in 2005. I have not looked back. In fact, I keep running in His direction daily to see where He is leading me. It has been an amazing journey that has taken many different turns and twists. I attend an amazing church and have been here since 2011, becoming a member along with my husband. We will not attend anywhere else. Why? Well for me it's simple, God led us there. Yes, it is just that simple. In the time my family and I have been here, God has helped me personally, work through some difficult and painful things with an amazing church family around me. My past would still sometimes creep to the surface of my seemingly ordinary life in Christ. I am human after all, wearing an always deceitful flesh suit.
Fast forward a bit to 2017. God spoke to me one morning during my devotional time, at that time I was reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, daily. His words were short and sweet and to the point. You need to be leading women in the Lord. What in the world? Lead women IN the Lord. What did this mean? It meant, I can lead with HIS guidance. Okay, starting to make a little more sense. The only way I knew at that time to lead anyone in anything, was worship. I was already doing that. But to lead women specifically, what did that look like? It manifested into a small group. And that first go round, was indeed small. It was myself and one other woman, in our home, however small the number, I was not discouraged. I still had no idea where God was taking this, I just had to be obedient.
Now in 2022, my small group is still going strong, my "Wednesday night sisters" are an eclectic group. We really lean on each other in our pursuit of the Lord. The chase has become more than a sport, it has become the focus of my group. On that same note, God's chase after us has never wavered, will never waver, and will continue till we meet Him in heaven.
Read these red letter verses of scripture to get a full picture of the chase:
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish." Matthew 18:12-14
Read again that last verse: In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
There is not doubt, absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Lord will chase after you harder and faster than you think you are running away from Him trying to navigate life on your own. Jesus used the parable of the lost sheep as a visual example of His great love for each and every ONE of us. He would walk away from the herd of many others, to bring back even one that got away. Why would it not be you He pursues in the chase? Be obedient, if He is leading you to it, He will equip you to accomplish it. In turn, you will be furthering His kingdom, and leading any lost sheep back to Him. That will become the chase!