We might wonder how it has been possible for the good Shepherd to go before his sheep throughout the Gospel Age. Yet that is what has been happening, as the divine Word says. The Lord is our pattern, he goes before us always. The Adversary, who is the god of this world, rules all mankind; he dazzles them, but his light is darkness because it is selfishness and not love, the real light.
If you are able to distinguish the voice of the good Shepherd, you can follow it, and it is with self-renunciation that this becomes possible. The day you will no longer renounce, God’s Spirit withdraws, and you are no longer in the condition of a disciple of Christ. God leads his people, He blesses them wonderfully day by day; as you observe this faith increases. Trust is one of the essential foundations of faith, it is a part of love, whereas distrust is a part of hatred. The Lord tells us that no rich man shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; one must therefore be trustful and give up riches, or else give up the idea of being a disciple of Christ. That is the first step. The second step is to consecrate yourself fully to God, to deny your own will to go in quite another direction, to take upon yourself the wrongness of others, to pray for the guilty that the Lord forgive them. If we are prepared to pray for the guilty, to take their wrong-doing upon ourselves, it is the Lord who will bear our sins.
The dear Savior cleanses you day by day through faith, so that your sacrifice may become living, holy and acceptable to God. You make no more complaints, and if any man does you harm you forgive him; you associate in your beloved Savior’s work. As you follow that road faithfully the Lord gives you a little more of his Spirit which enlightens you and opens up new horizons to you.
Joy increases in your heart as you perceive that you can bring about a change in your sentiments till you attain to resemblance with the glorious character of our Lord Jesus. The Spirit of glory comes upon you because you follow after the dear Savior.
Our Lord never lacked for anything, and neither did his disciples. He showed us what it means to walk by faith; that is why we are glad to follow him either as consecrated disciples, or as members of the Host of the Lord.