What moves you? If you’re really honest with yourself you’ll realize that there are number of things that move you. Some things make you angry, some things make you work harder, some things make you do crazy things, and some things make you do good things. It’s good to identify what moves you. If you don’t know, some times others can tell you, but it’s better if you know for yourself.

There are a lot of ways to look at what moves you, or what drives you. You can drive a car, you can drive golf balls, you can drive cattle, there are lots of things you can drive, but what drives you? I’ve been around horses my entire life, enjoyed team roping for many years as a header, and I’ve also been on cattle drives. Cattle are driven by someone on a horseback getting behind them and pushing them forward while whistling and sometimes swinging a rope. You drive them; you push them forward, that’s what you do to get them to move. Have you ever seen sheep driven by a sheepdog that gets behind them and starts barking and biting their heels? He’ll move those sheep wherever they need to go. But God wants us to be different from a herd of cattle or sheep.

What did Jesus say every time He called a disciple? “Come, follow Me” (Matthew 4;19). Jesus doesn’t want you to be driven at all; He wants you to follow Him. Sheep can be driven, but when they hear the shepherds voice they’ll follow (John 10:27). That’s how God wants you to be. He wants you to know his voice and follow him. Either way He’s going to get you to your destination, but if you were a sheep would you rather be driven by a dog biting at your heels, or would you rather hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and follow Him?

I see young believers all the time walking along with a dog nipping at their heels. They’re being driven. God’s getting them there by his grace one way or another, but they’re uncomfortable. They look like they’ve been baptized in lemon juice. Then I see other believers who are walking in the Spirit, they hear the shepherds voice and follow him. They’re being lead; God is doing incredible things with them. I watch both types and I can see the difference between those being led and those being driven.

In Philippians it says, “The thing God has begun in you, He will bring to completion” (Philippians 1:6). If you have committed your life to Jesus Christ, one way or another He’s going to bring you to completion. He’s going to get you to the destination, but wouldn’t you rather follow His leading than have a dog nipping at your heels, or somebody on the back of a horse swinging a rope and whistling at you?

God wants you to learn to follow Him better than you’ve ever followed Him before, so you won’t have to be driven. When you follow Jesus Christ, other people will notice that you’re following Him and see the incredible things that happen in your life. Then guess what, they’ll want to follow you. You’ll become the “leader of the pack”. When we’re herding cattle we always try to find out who the lead steer is. Then we try to get that steer to go through the chute first so the others will follow. God wants you to be a leader, but first He wants you to be good at following Him.

I used to say all the time, “My head’s thick. If God wants to tell me something, he’s going to have to tell me like he told the apostle Paul. I need a Damascus Road experience” (Acts 9:1-6). God said, “No, I’m not going to give you a Damascus Road experience. I am going to teach you how to listen. You’re going to hear my voice and you’re going to follow me.”

Jim Rice

Taken from Trials and the Round Pen, by Jim Rice.

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