by Trey Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
When Jesus tells us to follow him, he doesn’t mean on Twitter. Now that I think of it, however, what if Jesus did have a Twitter account? It might look something like this:
Jesus didn’t have Twitter, but he did make a statement in less than 140-characters that was succinct, direct and did not mince words. Jesus told his disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6). The fact is, Jesus tells us to follow him because it’s only through him we get to spend eternity in heaven.
While Jesus is one with the Father, he is the conduit between God and our sinful selves. It is through him we receive access to the Holy Spirit, the Advocate of truth. It’s through him we receive access to the gates of Heaven. It’s through him our sins are forgiven.
In keeping with the whole “follow” thing, I think it’s safe to say most everyone has at some point in their life played the children’s game of Follow the Leader. (And if not, did you have no friends as a child?)
As you know, to play the game, a leader is chosen and everyone else follows everything they do. If someone fails to follow or mimic the leader, they are out of the game and lose. The last one standing who has precisely followed the leader’s movements and gestures wins the game.
Our faith is similar to the Follow the Leader game since, when we choose Jesus to be our leader, we are choosing to follow him. We choose to follow his actions and walk in his footsteps.
Not following Jesus is no game, but rather a losing proposition. We can get off track following the wrong leaders or the things we make idols in our lives. Those who are “out of the game” by not following Jesus, have lost their focus. They get distracted. Rather than following what Jesus wants for our lives, they are following themselves and what they want for their lives.
Who’s the leader you’ve chosen to follow? Are you still in the game?