We all follow someone.
We follow them on television, radio, Tik Tok, Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter, YouTube, the internet, or some grocery aisle magazine. Someone has piqued our interest or impressed us with their talents or words – so we follow them, some even stalk. Yikes!
It was no different in Bible times. People in Jesus’ day followed Him everywhere. Please take a look at one scripture I found to give you an example.
Matthew 19:2, “Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.”
We’re not talking one or two.
It wasn’t a couple; it wasn’t ten or twelve people. Large crowds followed Jesus. They saw the miracles He performed. They heard His teachings. Many knew the disciples who accompanied Him – No Twitter, no Facebook page, no celebrity star status, or million-dollar contracts. Just Jesus from Nazareth.
John 1:46, “Nazareth? Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Here’s what struck me about the scripture passage
We follow famous people on various social media and television outlets all the time. Folks, do you want a shot of truth in the arm?
Not one of them died for our sins on the cross.
Not one of them can offer us eternal life, yet we spend hours and hours watching them and following them as if they hold the key to our future, our eternal destiny. We hang on to their every word and believe everything they say.
Jesus died so we could live.
Jesus died on the cross, and He offers us eternal life, yet we spend very little time following Him, if at all. He DOES have the key to our future, and it’s FREE! He is the way, the truth, and the life, yet we discount him because we can’t see his face or touch his clothing. His Facebook page has no followers.
How is it that social media, movie stars, high-profile people, and sports figures grab more of our attention than the Savior of the world?
Why do we spend hours and hours scrolling through social media and five minutes to half an hour reading our Bible if at all? Why is our prayer time so short, if at all?
Something to think about – next time someone asks you to follow them, ask yourself if you are following Jesus first.
Are you spending quality time in prayer and God’s Word? The Lord is our rock and our hope in a world that is quickly following apart. Do not put your hope in social media, movie stars, sports figures, or high-profile people.
As I write, I hear an old song play in my mind, “I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back. Though none go with me, I still will follow.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures”,
The Teaching Lady