In an episode of M*A*S*H, a soldier tells how he was wounded. He had gingerly followed the footprints of other soldiers across a snow-covered minefield. So long as he could see their tracks, he knew he would not set off a mine. Problem was, half way across the field, the tracks disappeared. He stood contemplating his fate for what seemed like hours, and finally resigned himself to follow his instincts. He took one step and triggered a mine.
Today, we will discuss following footsteps that never fade away.
Here is something that I find remarkable about the American culture: the more we try to separate our society from Christ and Judeo-Christian Values (now there is a term you never hear – look it up), the more alternative spiritual systems pop up to take the place of Christianity.
- One can follow any number of thousands of God and be accepted by society, so long as one doesn’t follow the God, Yahweh, or His son, Jesus Christ.
- One can follow the Golden Rule, so long as they don’t quote the Bible.
- One can worship Mother Nature.
- One can follow any number of sages, so long as they don’t seek the wisdom of the Bible.
- One can follow Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, The Bahai Faith, Jainism, Hinduism, American World Patriarchs, The Grail Movement, The Order of the Golden Dawn, or any of a thousand other religions, and our “secular” society doesn’t care, so long as you don’t follow Jesus Christ.
Considering what Jesus has done for us, I don’t see a choice but to follow Him. He has filled our hearts with love, so how can we not follow Him?
In our study of holiness we have learned that only God can sanctify us, and that by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
We have also learned that discipleship is our response to God’s sanctification. Once He fills is with His Holy Spirit, we want nothing more than to follow in the footprints of Christ.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 ESV
Why do we love Christ? Because He first loved us.
He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:22-25 ESV
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV
God makes sanctifies us holy, and only He can do that, but – because of the love He has poured out for us – we should want to follow in the steps of Jesus. It is when we follow any one of these other paths – or a path of our own choosing – that we step on a land mine.