Follow Faithful Men
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness...—2 Timothy 3:10
I think one of the best descriptive titles for the Christian is the term follower. I love this word because it assumes we are not in the first seat but that Jesus is. And followership is a direct implication of surrendering our life to Jesus. Jesus becomes the leader because we realize we are no longer capable of leading. But to learn followership and be a follower, we need men to follow that also follow Christ.
Here we discover Timothy has closely followed Paul. He has listened to his teaching, but he has also watched his actions, aims, attitudes, and character firsthand. This was not one-dimensional teaching. It was more of a day-to-day mentoring interplay that Timothy could hear, see, touch, and feel and thus put to the test. And this is where Timothy learned to follow.
We, too, must learn to follow. While the desire to lead might creep in, we must first follow successfully because we will follow for the rest of our life. And we need to find great people to follow. Men and women of God who are willing to share their lives and invest in us. They must people who are worthy of following who themselves follow Christ and obey his truth. And when the time is right, there may be others who follow us as we follow Christ in the same way.
ASK THIS: Who is someone you follow? (Share some names in the comments below)
DO THIS: Be worthy of followership.
PRAY THIS: God, help me follow, give me someone to follow, and may I be worthy of following.
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