| from Joyce Baker |

This age of social media beckons us to ‘like,’ ‘follow,’ proclaim who we ‘like’ and/or ‘follow,’ and gain a ‘following.’ We live in a culture, not unlike cultures of the past, which draws us to following a person or people. We are drawn to leaders, people who are well known, and influencers.

In 1 Corinthians 1:12-13 Paul says, “What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” 

And in 1 Corinthians 3:4-9 Paul states, “For when one says, ‘I follow Paul,’ and another, ‘I follow Apollos,’ are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”

Then he tells the Corinthians, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1

As Christians we should give care when we choose to follow people; know where the path they lay leads. If they aren’t pointing you to God’s Word with their words, stop and check the path. You may need to make a change in it. 

Ask yourself some questions about whom you are following:

  • Does their teaching line up with the whole Word of God, not just a verse pulled out to fit a message?
  • Are they encouraging me to be in the Word of God and draw closer to Him?
  • Am I growing in Christ as a result of following this person?
  • Am I depending on this person to feed me spiritually or am I relying on the Holy Spirit and the Word of God?

If you are an influencer with followers, give heed that leading comes with a load of responsibility to your followers. Check your path often. Make certain the path leads straight to Christ and keep it clear of pride, jealousy, selfish desire, and such.  

  • God told Abraham and Moses – “Follow me.”
  • Daniel could have followed man – he chose to follow God
  • Christ said “Follow me.”
  • Foremost be a follower of Christ.

Joyce Baker is the mother of four grown children and “Mimi” to four precious grandchildren. Joyce has served side by side with her husband, Steve, in ministry for forty years with a heart for encouraging families to grow together in Christ. Her ministry is marked with the recognition that every person is a unique individual with purpose and a need for those unique qualities to be encouraged. She is looking forward to influencing more people as a Celebrate Kids Associate Writer and Speaker.