Faith
Wednesday March 12, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Serving God Is Following Christ "

Following Christ is God’s instructions as we begin by understanding His expectations. 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’re following the example He has set for you. This is very pleasing to God and deserves your attention. 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 now see this important point as you examine what “follow me” represents. The guidelines are set forth in 3rd John 1:11 which reveals:

“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 is a very worthwhile quality to emulate. Luke 9:23 (KJV) continues with your instructions and outlines what is expected:

“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 is to make sacrifice for Christ and put forth your best effort to walk in his steps.

Let’s examine the language of Jesus from the book of John. John 10:27 (KJV) reads:

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

You must understand the symbology of Christ for He is the word. 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.” Understanding His word enables you to follow 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.” In this manner, you’re clearly able to stay on track and follow Christ.

Remember this one thing; Christ forgives all your sins and what’s left is the good works you accumulate by “following Christ”. These good works do follow you into the eternity as Revelation 14:13 (KJV) reads:

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

How wonderful it will be to face judgment day with this slate of good works.

 

 

 


 

being utilized to teach, including teaching you that His three offices are one. Christ visiting you through scripture is one of the larger roles the Holy Spirit plays in your life.

Does Christ visiting you today shed any light on that nagging question...What is the Trinity? Assuming it does Matthew 28:19 KJV outlines your next step:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Do you desire to assist others in understanding the Trinity?

Do you feel called to take this step?

 

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