The 24-7 Follower

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.