I have been in awe with the amount of “follow me” connotations there are through social media. Even implementing this website, the default title for the social media section is “follow me”. I really don’t want anyone following me, if they did then, inevitably, when I trip and fall, so would everyone else. I don’t want followers; I just want to be following alongside others, pointing to Christ. He is the only one who should have followers. Not celebrities, not athletes, and not bloggers. This is why I changed the default “follow me” to what you see now, subscription options. Sure, subscribe to others’ blogs and social media outlets, but follow Him.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” Matthew 16:24-27
“After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:21-25
Reading others’ blogs or books definitely spur me on in my spiritual walk and encourage me, but reading the Bible and spending time with Jesus is what grows me in my faith. I hope that what Christ lays on my heart to write about encourages you, but even more so, I hope it points to Him and His command to take up our crosses and follow Him. I hope to see you walking beside me.