Ever played follow the leader? One person leads and all the others have to follow what they do. The kid’s game called Simon Says is the same principle.
If you’re playing either of those games you would get strange looks from the other players if you just stood there. In order for either game to work, you have to move. Either by actually following the leader’s actions or listening carefully to what Simon says and doing exactly what you have been told to do.
So it is with saying you are a follower of Christ. If you are following… you have to move. You can’t just sit in your favorite seat at church every Sunday and then go home and sit on your couch the rest of the week. To be a follower you have to be DOING something. What is it that you should be doing? And this is not about works. This is about imitating Christ’s behavior while He walked on Earth.
Here is a sample list. There are certainly more things that you can add yourself after searching the scriptures.
Pray when He says to pray
Serve when He says to serve
Love when He says to love
Give when He says to give
Jesus set the example for everything He wants us to be doing. Paul also said, “follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Cor. 1:11) Paul made it clear that we are to become leaders to help others follow Jesus.
Are you following? And are you learning to lead so others will follow?
“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” – John 12:26 (ESV)
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12 (ESV)