“Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?”
-Hymnal by John L. Bell & Graham Maule
In the season of Lent, Jesus himself is calling each of us by name; beckoning us to come and follow Him into the desert. Are we willing to heed the call?
Jesus went into the desert with one primary goal: to get closer to God and to seek to know His Father’s will. He put aside His own agenda, His own wants and desires, and became an empty vessel for God’s divine purpose. He fasted and prayed, away from life’s distractions and in a place of solitude and silence and purification. It was here in this desolate place that the truth was revealed to Him, the real and raw truth of His Father’s love as well as the sacrifice that was expected of Him.
During these weeks in Lent are we willing to follow Jesus’ example? Are we prepared to create a spiritual desert so that we can put aside our work and contemplate His? Can we create a holy space of quiet and prayer and sacrifice, so that we too can grow closer to God? For it is often only in the quiet and stillness that we can best hear His voice, best recognize His most divine plan for our lives.
We know too well the outcome and sacrifice of Jesus. And yet He never tarried, never for a moment questioned the path He was soon to take. For He knew that the sins of all of humanity were resting on His willingness to say yes to His Father and to His destiny. Our sacrifices will never compare: our ransom has already been paid. God just wants us to grow closer to Him, He wants us to follow His divine will for our lives.
So in this Lenten season, journey out to the desert with Jesus, and in the quiet moments listen closely for the question, “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?”