Happy Friday friends! I am so excited to dive in to week 1 of the Faithful Friday Series! If you are unfamiliar with the Faithful Friday Series – read more HERE!
I am blown away by the number of ladies that have signed up to be a part of this group. The idea came to me when I had my own need to stay accountable. Wanting to read the Bible more this year – yet fearing it would turn into another one of those things that I said I would do, but didn’t follow through with.
So selfishly I created this group for those in the same boat. To have a place where we can discuss the Gospel and share our thoughts with others.
Now before we start – I want to make something clear. I am NOT a theologian (shocker), I am NOT a youth minister, and I’ve NEVER led a bible study in my life. But this isn’t so much a study, as it is an accountability group.
This is a group for women that have yearned for a place to read and discuss the Bible together. Many of us, due to work, kids, etc. don’t have the time or ability to make it to a local group – so my hope is that the Faithful Friday Series will be that group for you!
With that said, let’s jump in!
The First Disciples
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
I found it funny/providential that this was the first reading to start off this series. I am not one that likes to put myself into a vulnerable situation. I am not one that likes to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I am perfectly happy being in my little bubble. Yet here I am leading a group I never thought I’d be leading because to be perfectly honest – this is VERY uncomfortable. I am afraid of what others will think. I am afraid of being judged. Thinking I don’t know enough, and that I shouldn’t be leading such a group.
Then I ask myself – How often to we keep ourselves from doing something out of fear? How often do we doubt?
“Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.” JN 1:36-37
They simply followed Him. No questions asked. Blind faith. How many of us can say we would have done the same? I honestly don’t know if I can say I would have. Here are two men, that are in the psychical presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ, yet they hadn’t met Him before. The simply accepted it as truth because it WAS.
I feel like many of us struggle with doubt, and trust. We say, Jesus I trust in You. Yet, we then turn around and still worry. Still fear the worst. Still doubt. Now, part of that is human nature. We are flawed people. We sin. Yet absolute abandon is something we should strive for.
As I was mediating on the passage – drawing my lamb, the phrase, “open my eyes, Lord, so I can follow You more blindly” kept repeating itself in my mind.
Stop and just think of that imagery. We need to open our eyes and open our hearts, and let Him lead us. Give it ALL to Him.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Hear what you felt while reading this. What stuck out to you? How can we be like Andrew and Simon Peter and follow Him more blindly?
For me prayer is a BIG contributor to my being able to let go. To align my will with His. This Lent I am going to start the Blessed Is She Lenten devotional journal.
I worked on the Advent Journal before Christmas and it was such a wonderful way to focus on the meaning of the season – to prepare my heart for His coming on Christmas.
This year’s Lenten Journal is called the She Who Believed Journal – based off Luke 1:45, and is written by Laura Kelly Fanucci.
The devotional will follow the stories of the women of scripture – our sister’s in faith. After all, Christ came to us through Mary, a woman. Her example is the perfect example of following blindly – saying yes.
As I’m writing this post – I see the prayer in the image above. One I hadn’t read until just now. “Lord, what would I say to You if You asked me face-to-face if I believe? Could I tell You yes? Or would I drop my head from Your gaze, afraid and ashamed? It’s so hard to believe, Lord.”
How perfect is that, with what we just read in the Gospel? God thank you for this gift of Your Love. Thank You for the gift of these women who come together today to read this beautiful scripture. To come together in fellowship. To grow in faith and love for You Lord. Help us to open our eyes and follow You more blindly. Help us to say, yes!