What does it mean to follow?
We follow bloggers on wordpress.
We follow people on instagram.
We follow pages on Facebook.
In the real world outside social media following someone is downright creepy and at times illegal these days. But on these platforms we encourage it and welcome followers with open arms!
On Sunday the sermon was on Mark 2:13-17:
This passage really spoke to me. This event is also described in Luke:
This man was a tax collector. Considered one of the worst kind of sinner. Someone with little worth. But Jesus simply said to him “Follow me” and it was enough. He dropped everything and left. There was no promotion that if you liked a page, shared a post and clicked follow that there’s the slimmest chance that you’d win something. To follow had no reward in the present life he was in, there were no perks so to speak. So that intruiged me. In a society that celebrates and encourages instant gratification, this is a concept that is quite foreign. The second point here for me was, why was this man chosen? This man who was rejected by society for his sin?
There are so many examples in the bible where Jesus helped those considered lesser human beings than others.
About 18 months ago, we went through a bible study called Not a Fan (this is not an affiliate link) which changed my perspective on following. If you have the opportunity to, I’d encourage you to do it as well.
I’m not saying don’t use social media, but the next time you hit that “follow” button, I hope that this post comes to mind. Considering where you’re spending time.
What does “Follow me” mean to you?