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June 7, 2020 Who Are You Following?

So most of us in our world today, are all tuned in to some form of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok etc) that deals with you following people, and people following you in turn. Some of us follow only people we know, while others follow people we do not know but that we admire or look up to for varied reasons. Most folks on the entertainment circuit get a sense of their popularity by the number of followers they have on social media, and some of them even get paid for having a certain number of followers and are referred to as YouTube influencers.

 

So how does this concern us? I want us to examine the reasons why we follow certain people especially those in the entertainment circuit. We have many people that have become stars for different reasons. Some are famous for their dressing (for good or for bad), the provocative nature of their lyrics and dance styles, their message, their catchy phrases or even their vulgar conversation. Others we follow for their lifestyle, be it one hooked on drugs or the promotion of a drug dependent life style, or we may follow for their wealth/fame or for their popularity. To be honest there are some we follow for the crazy stories and drama that always persists around these persons, others we follow because we admire something incredible they are doing.

Why am I interested in who you and I follow? It is because who we follow says a lot about us, our character, our preference, our drive, our ambition, our future, it says a lot. Do they drive us to become better people or do they drive us down a decline in our human character? Do they inspire us to step up and step out for what is right, or for only what can get the most likes or retweets? Do they inspire you to become just like them in what they do and how they do it, and is that something we really want at the end of the day?

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5 v 1 to “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children”, and 1 Corinthians 11 verse 1 also says “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ”. It is okay to have role models in life, people we look up to and follow, but if that person is ultimately not following Christ, it is best to get out from behind that person and stop following.

On the other hand Paul could confidently say to the Corinth Church that they should follow him, as he was sure that he was not going to mislead them, since he was following Christ. Everyone in life is leading someone somewhere and this includes you too reading. So, knowing what manner of life you live and what you do, can you confidently ask people who want to be Christians to just emulate what you do, think, say and act? If your life was put on a screen as a teaching aid to new or young believers, would they learn the right things or would you mislead them? This is great food for thought and if we do not like the answer to that question, it is time to make some adjustments by the grace of God in the place of prayer and begin to follow Christ, for it is in following Him, that we become more and more like Him. Now who would not want that?

 

 

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