ONE OF MY FAVORITE GAMES as a a child was to follow footsteps, especially when it had rained and they were perfectly visible on the we mud. Some were small and others big, but they all showed who had walked there and they took me where that person had gone. In life’s path there are many who also leave footprints, inviting us to walk on them, following another human being’s footsteps. However, the Bible doesn’t invite us to follow someone with flesh and bones; the Bible is very clear; the only footsteps we can follow without fear to fail, are the ones Jesus left when he lived on this earth. His footsteps are His words and the way He lived.
Jesus’s footsteps will always show us the path of life, even though it sometimes means going through hard times, like the ones Jesus went through on His Calvary. In the Bible, we read, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21). “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his children” (Ephesians 5:1, NLT).
Your footsteps and mine are leasing footprints, which some of them are impossible to erase. That’s why we should be careful when deciding where to go and what we go toward, because more than one person will follow When in doubt about the right path to take, stop and make sure you’re following the Masters footprints; when you do so, don’t stray either to the right or the left, even if other roads seem seductive and attractive.
Following Christ implies a commitment to give up our desires to do His will, and thus turn His desires into our own. Renouncing, abandoning and sacrificing, submitting our will, makes us receptors of His blessings and at the same time prepares us for a superior and holy life that will lead us back home.
Today, before going out, review your footpath. Make sure you are following Jesus’s footsteps, so those who come behind you will have no doubt and confidently go toward their final destination. As we read in Deuteronomy 5:33: «Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days» (NIV). “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV).