Who Do You Follow?

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In this photo there are three ducks who are following each other and one who is off on his own. It is easy for us to follow the way of the world, but much harder to follow the way of Christ. Christ did not go with the flow or follow the status quo. Christ established a new way and called others to join Him.

John 15:19

19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Those of us who put our faith and hope in Christ should not be following the way of the world because we do not belong to the world; we belong to Christ. This means we will have to make the things of God a priority in our lives over the things of the world. Christ tells us in John 15:19 it will not be easy because we will be hated by the world and those who follow the way of the world.

It means we will make humility and not pride our goal. It means we will make reading the Word of God a priority over reading other books. It means we will make prayer a priority of watching tv or surfing the internet. It means we will love others with the love of Christ rather than judging them. It means we will forgive others even when they don’t acknowledge they have hurt us or seek our forgiveness.

We may want to go with the flow but we need to understand that following Christ means going a different direction, making different decisions and having different priorities than those that are valued in the world. Who will you choose to follow today? Will you follow the way of the world or will you follow the way of Christ?

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14 thoughts on “Who Do You Follow?

  1. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! Joshua 24:15 Thank you for the reminder to keep my eyes on Christ, and to place my faith in Him to work through me. And most importantly, to focus on HIs Word:-) Blessings and hugs, Bernadette

    • Bernadette – love that verse! His Word is so important. We need to open it and read it for ourselves daily. Blessings!

  2. Susan

    “It means we will forgive others even when they don’t acknowledge they have hurt us or seek our forgiveness.” Amazing. How many times have I thought, “I would forgive (whomever hurt me) if they asked, but they have never even acknowledged what they did.” Shelly, you have reached into my heart and said exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!

    • Susan, I am so humbled to know this post spoke so powerfully to you. Forgiveness is so hard for us because it is about us and our relationship with the Lord more than it is about the person who hurt us. When we forgive them, we no longer have to carry the hurt and anger around and we prevent it from turning to bitterness. Blessings!

  3. Good one, Shelly! Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Natalie, thanks! Every now and then, it is helpful to take stock of who we are following in our lives. Blessings!

  4. Right on. Following others is easier because it doesn’t require to give up much but when we follow God we have to give our all. Some people think they are taking the easy road only to find out it was the wrong one. Great post!

    • Gwwministry, love your comment! Following Christ means we give up our desires to pick up His. Following the way of the world requires much less of us. What may seem easy is, in fact, very difficult because it means you are facing every situation alone rather than with Christ. Blessings!

  5. We are not of this world, so we shouldn’t follow it. Great post Shelly!

    • Julie, absolutely – we live in the world but are not of the world. We need to follow the way of Christ and not the way of the world. Blessings!

  6. Nice pic. 🙂

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