Over the last few weeks and months, I have been thinking a lot about what it actually means to be a follower of Jesus. You may think that I should already have that sorted out, and you may be right. Nevertheless, that is where my thoughts have been taking me.

I have been challenged by certain words, that have engaged my thinking and my being, in my relation to Jesus and how He uses me to encourage you in your discipleship and journey.

Some of those words have been challenging, and continue to make me think and act differently. Words such as Engage, Encounter, Desire.

Some words encourage me forward and others ask me to look more deeply, as to whether we have been hoodwinked into being less than God intended.

As we move forward, into all that God has for us, in the coming months and years, it is important that we are aware of what God requires of each one of us.

We can of course go along to worship at a local church, or not. Be content with what and where we are. However, I believe God is taking us-taking you! Into a brighter future, a deeper relationship, which will need all of us to make decisions as to how we will continue on the journey of discipleship, friendship, relationship with Jesus. It will be an act of will on your behalf.

Recently I’ve been struggling with the word volunteer

(volunteer definition: 1. a person who does something, especially helping other people, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it: 2. to offer to do something that you do not have to do, often without having been asked to do it and/or without expecting payment: …Cambridge English Dictionary)

Although this is brilliant, if you are a follower of Jesus we are not volunteers. We are members of His body, co-heirs with Christ. We are part of his family. Members of His team.

St Paul refers to it as the priesthood of all believers in Hebrews and further St Peter speaks about us all being a Holy priesthood.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                                      1 Peter 2:4-5

Every blessing in Jesus Name

Rev Ashley Evans <><