By Diane Virginia
“Be ye followers of me.” I Corinthians 4:16b
We’ve heard the line, “Follow me on Facebook.” We do follow some of our Facebook friends. We enjoy reading their posts, listening to their advice, laughing when they share a funny incident, celebrating their accomplishments, and praying for them. Most have common interests; others have talents we aspire to learn.
There’s an underlying reason that motivates us to connect. It is because, although we have unique abilities God has gifted us with, our common interest is the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re united in Him. Therefore, we are more than “friends;” we are “family.”
Paul didn’t have Facebook followers, but he did have followers. In fact, he sought them out. Why? He wanted to promote Christ. He was dedicated to teaching his followers how to live a life of integrity, how to overcome obstacles, and how to persevere through trials. It was Paul’s desire to connect with his followers in a life-altering way.
Paul was a man of zeal. Once he realized who Jesus was, he followed Him with a sold-out heart. We could go so far as to say Paul was a 24-7 follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. And so, he said with a humble but passionate heart, “follow me” because he knew he followed Christ.
What about you? Are you passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ? I’m sure you are! Follow those who demonstrate Christ-like character. Then, reach out to followers and teach them to follow Christ. This is effective evangelism and discipleship.
Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) He wants you to have followers. Your message matters, because it’s inspired by the King. When you’re a 24-7 follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, you have a vital message to share.
The friend who impacts the world is the 24-7 Follower of Christ.
Copyright © 2016: All Rights Reserved: VineWords Stories and Devotions Inspired by the Vine: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: The 24-7 Follower: http://www.vinewords.net
About the Author
Diane Virginia Cunio is the author of The Kiss of Peace: An Intimate Exploration into Song of Solomon and Behind the Veil: Becoming the Bride of Song of Solomon (both awaiting publication). She is passionate about sharing Beloved Jesus’ divine love for you, His bride, as allegorically portrayed in the vignette, Song of Solomon.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer-stations for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places you as Beloved’s bride travel to in Song of Solomon.
Diane is a regular contributor for Christian Broadcasting Network and Faith Beyond Fear. She has also written for HeartWings, Pentecostal Publishing House, The Secret Place, and other ministries.[Top]