Who Are You Following? In His Word 2-8-16

Who are you following? – In His Word 2-8-16

Lately we hear the term “follow me on…”so very much that it makes me think that people will forget the most important person to follow is not on any social media but in His Word.
And he went forth again by the sea side; and the entire multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.  And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphæus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.  And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. Mark 2:13-15

In the United States right now we are hearing a lot of political talk about whom our next leader should be. Some say we should follow the one who will make us a financial stable country; some say we should follow the one who will give us the most for nothing, at least nothing to those who get it. Personally I find it very confusing listening to debates because they tend to state the same thing over and over again. This brings me to my knees in prayer and to my Bible because it gives me the guideline to distinguish between who to follow and whom to disregard in life.
You have to do like God to choose to follow someone in life; look to the heart. The eyes are said to be a window to the heart and soul.
People are basically not capable of being good; for there is non good no not one, according to His Word. Still, if we have to follow someone’s rule we need to know whom it is that we are following.
We need to look at their fruits see if they are fresh, or rotten fruits. Where do they focus their eyes? We need to see people through Jesus’ filters and know their heart as much as possible before we choose to hang out with them or follow their post on any media. We are known by our fruits as well and so if we are hanging around, or following, people who give out rotten fruits then we too will appear to be rotten fruit producing people.

 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food and your body more than clothing? Matthew 6-23-25
God places us in locations to find the right church, the group of friends to join; if we are paying attention to Him we will find the spiritual needs for ourselves and our families. It is most important when we are focusing on who to follow it needs to start with following God. Trust Him to direct our path. Proverbs 3:5-8
If we are just in it for the money our ministry will not go anywhere. If we are faithful in small things He will bring us big things. So when your ministry finances are small you need to trust God more and be careful with the small things. Learn the difference, study to show yourselves approved. Then choose to follow His lead. Step out in faith with the small donations and accept that God has more than enough to meet your needs.
 And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?  “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. Luke 16:12-14

Be wise spenders with what He has given you both in deed and goods. When you follow Jesus’ example to give to ‘Caesar what is Caesar’s then your finances will extend to the extent that He sees the need for.

The wise have wealth and luxury but fools spend whatever they get.
 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love, will find life, righteousness, and honor. The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust. Proverbs 21-20-22

Keep your eyes on Jesus, in His Word and in prayer consistently and often. For these things will give you the wisdom to choose wisely whom to follow.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment when you meet someone new, or when you need to choose someone in authority to follow after. Ask Him to direct your path in righteousness so that you may follow those who are righteous in Him.
Who is righteous? Only God according to the Word but through Christ we are seen as righteous; when we accept Him into our lives Father God sees Christ in us.
But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. Romans 8:9-19

Made right with God means we are made righteous with Him. So, just as we choose to follow Christ, we need to choose Christ-like people.
So ask yourself today who you are following? Seek Him to find the right people to follow wherever you follow people. Just be sure it is Jesus in them that you follow and not the money they have or the things they get to do.
If that is the case then you need to be a leader not a follower! But that is another article all together!
Dear Heavenly Father, direct our paths to those who will lead us in righteousness and right living or put us in the position to lead them to You. In Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading: Romans 8:1-39, Romans 9:1-33, Luke 16:1-31 and Mark 2:1-28.