Faith
Wednesday August 25, 2006
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Are you “Following Christ”"
“Following Christ” is God’s instruction that you are able to follow by understanding what He expects from you. John 12:26 KJV reads:

“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”

Whenever you attempt to emulate Christ, you are following Him and the example that He has set for you. Serving Christ attracts favorable attention from God and this effort elevates you to a position of honor.

Peter adds further emphasis as 1st Peter 2:21 KJV solidifies this point:

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

You can clearly see this important point as you examine what “follow me” represents, and yes, you will be required to take action.

The guidelines are set forth in 3rd John 1:11 KJV as they reveal:

“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”

Christ stood for all that is good and His good is a worthwhile quality to emulate. Luke 9:23 KJV continues with your instructions as it outlines what Christ expects:

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Here you can see that doing your best includes making sacrifice for Christ and putting forth your best effort to accomplish “Following Christ”.

You continue by examining the language of Jesus that’s covered in the book of John. This study begins with John 10:27 KJV which reads:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

Christ is the living word and it is important that you make every effort to understand the symbology utilized in His teaching. When you hear His truth, you are able to follow as John 10:4 KJV states:

“And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.”

Christ is your shepherd and you are His sheep. You follow Him because you understand and know His voice. Understanding His word enables you to follow Him as John 10:5 KJV further illustrates:

“And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”

“Knowing not the voice of strangers” means that you have no desire to listen to Satan. Understanding symbology


 

shows that you understand that you are His sheep. This makes it clear that only the shepherd’s sheep will hear and recognize the voice of their shepherd, Jesus Christ and follow Him.

Always remember: You understand the word (the voice of Christ) because you take the time to study your bible. His truth awaits you and He is there to help you build your future with Him. Understanding God’s Word is wisdom, executing God’s Word is “Following Christ”.

Be guided by Jesus, for He truly is:

The Word!

The Truth!

The Light!

The Way

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com