A fellow said, "One year I was having bad luck with my garden, so I decided to try a different approach. I picked up my seed catalog and started out the door. My wife said, "Where are you going with that?" The husband said, "I'm going to show it to my tomatoes!" I don't know if that would help the tomatoes but all admit that there is power in an example. The scriptures teach us to walk in the steps of Jesus (I Peter 3:21). Consider with me where such a journey will take us.
The footsteps of Jesus lead through the waters of baptism (Matthew 3:13-14). Jesus was about 30 when He begin His ministry. At that time He came to the Jordan river to be baptized (immersed). Today baptism is part of the great commission and is for the remission of sins (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38).
The footsteps of Jesus lead through the wilderness of temptation (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus resisted temptation with reliance upon the word of God. God calls upon the child of God to be different from the world. To resist temptation and sin. Jesus is our example.
The footsteps of Jesus lead to the house of worship (Luke 4:16). During His ministry it was His custom to gather with others for the reading of scripture and time of worship before the Father. Do we follow where Jesus leads?
The footsteps of Jesus lead through fields of service (John 13). In the upper room Jesus knelt and washed the feet of the His disciples. It was an example to service. Were the others too prideful to serve in such a way? Are We?
The footsteps of Jesus lead to the mountain of prayer (Luke 6:12). Before selecting His apostles Jesus went to a mountain and spent the whole night in prayer. Certainly if Jesus felt the great need for prayer in His life, it must be the case that we to must come before the throne of God in prayer. Jesus shows the way.
The footsteps of Jesus lead to the cross of suffering (Hebrews 5:8). Every Christian is called upon to take up his cross daily and follow Him. A willingness to endure hardship and persecution for the honor of being His disciple must be a part of our walk. Let us not fear for Jesus leads the way.
The footsteps of Jesus lead to the throne of God (Acts 2:34-35). After His resurrection Jesus ascended to heaven. Jesus also has prepared a place for His people in His home. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is our forerunner and where He has gone, we can go.