Be ye followers of me.~1 Corinthians 4:16b KJV
We’ve heard the line, “Follow me on Facebook.”
We do follow friends on Facebook and other social platforms. We enjoy reading 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. However, the underlying reason that motivates us to connect is to share our common interest in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are united in Him. We are more than “friends;” we are the “family” of God.
Paul didn’t have Facebook followers, but he did have followers. Why? He had the same goal–to promote Christ. He wanted to connect with his followers in a way that he could introduce them to his Savior. He knew his unshakable faith in Jesus made the difference. Paul lived to share his Lord and His teachings. He shared how his followers could live a life of integrity, overcome obstacles, and persevere through trials, all by following Jesus’ teachings. Ultimately, there was Heaven to gain for his followers, so he endured persecution to continue.
We could go so far as to say Paul was a 24-7 follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Once Paul realized who Jesus was, he followed Him with a zealous passion. And so, he said with a humble but sincere heart, “follow me.” Why? Because he knew he followed Christ, he hoped we would share his desire to make Jesus known.
Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). When we become a 24-7 follower of the Lord Jesus Christ like Paul was, we have the responsibility to share Christ’s story. In Jesus Christ, we have everything we need. We are satisfied because our soul is filled. No matter what we go through, we know He is there, and He cares. Because of love for Him, our lives become as Paul’s, forsaking all to glorify Jesus.
Do you want to be the friend who impacts the world? Do so by being a 24-7 follower of Christ.
Lord Jesus, my life is in Your capable, nail-scarred, beryl-set hands. Help me to live my life to share the peace I’ve found in You. Thank You for being my Lord, my Savior, and my soon-coming King.
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