Growing up I used to do everything my big brother said. This was not my smartest idea. He’d say climb a tree, I’d climb the tree then he’d move the ladder so I couldn’t get down. He’d tell me a word I didn’t know and ask me to yell it at the cars as they go by. Later I learned it was a dirty word. (So that’s why all the neighborhood kids were laughing.) My dad would tell me over and over again “Don’t listen to your brother.” But more often than not, I did. Anybody with a lick of sense could see that doing what my brother told me to do was a bad idea.
Fortunately, there’s someone better than my big brother to listen to for guidance. There’s Jesus. Jesus is there to guide you every step of every day. Yet do you REALLY believe it? Do you expect Jesus to guide you? Maybe you think guidance is something Jesus gives that other guy. Or maybe you think Jesus gives general directions like “love one another.” And leaves the rest for us to figure out. The question is do you expect Jesus to guide you each and every day of your life?
Guidance from Jesus can certainly be found by reading the Bible. (Actually, if you’re led to do anything not found in the Bible, don’t follow.) Of course, Jesus can lead you through Christian mentors and friends but is there more? Can we really expect to know the things God wants us to do? Listen to this prayer of Paul’s for the Colossians: in Chapter 1 verse 9 Paul says “… we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Did you hear that? That’s one whopper of a prayer. If the Colossians can receive the knowledge of His will, why not you? Why not ask God for spiritual wisdom and understanding and then come to expect it?
Living life expecting Jesus to guide you might look like this: You show up for a difficult meeting but you ask Jesus to go before you to prepare your path and to give you words that others can hear. After the meeting, you see someone down the hall that gets on your nerves. So you ask Jesus to calm you and help you to see past your frustration. Leaving the building, someone you know is getting in their car, obviously upset. You ask Jesus to show you how He wants you to reach out to this person in need. These prayers, like Paul’s, come from a place of expecting Jesus to show up in your life and give you the guidance you need.
Maybe it all comes back to expectation. You must expect someone to get you through your day. If you don’t expect Jesus to lead you then who are you following? Your boss? Your spouse? Yourself? Or dare I say, your Big Brother? Expect Jesus to show up with all the spiritual wisdom and knowledge you need. I don’t know about you, but I sure could use it!