DAY THIRTY-TWO: Responsible Followership

What manner of people are we supposed to be in following Christ?
What manner of people are we supposed to be in following other brethren in Christ?
What manner of people are we supposed to be in following other people outside of Christ . . .”in Christ” do not necessarily mean “the Church.”

The age-long question has always been “To what extent are we to follow other people?” Leaders in the church and nations still struggles with these delineations. You may ask, “Where are the boundaries of peoples’ followership?” Perhaps, the best place to begin is to investigate if anyone should follow anyone outside of Christ and if anyone should follow anyone besides Christ. Evidently, unfailing dependability is resident in Christ alone, until Christ is fully manifest in any person.

People, as long as they are on this side of eternity, are susceptible to error. Like light in darkness, unless they are in consistent feed of energy from God, the Father of Light, they are going to sometime slip into darkness, even if it is just for a moment. Therefore, like Apostle Paul recommended, it is wise to follow people to the degree to which they follow Christ – whether they are in Christ or not.

Therefore, it has become imperative for each person to have a direct communion with God, in Christ Jesus, through the Holy Spirit; and to merely share fellowship with other brethren. Whatsoever is presented by anyone, no matter how highly placed the fellow is, that is not consistent with the standard of God’s word, must be disregarded to the extent to which it is erroneous.

It is the responsibility of leaders to introduce the LORD to His people as the ultimate Leader.
It is the responsibility of followers to search out all that is presented to them and hold on to that which is true.
It is the responsibility of the Church of Christ to provide a Spirit-controlled environment for the people of God to interact and commune with God freely.
It is the responsibility of all those in Christ to contend for the faith.

A leader, whose destination is not God would lead the people astray;
Even heaven is only a valid hope because God is resident there; otherwise, without God there, what are we heading there for?
No one should follow anyone blindly because they offer a suitable religious perspective.
Followers of Christ, wherever He goes, are the inheritors of His kingdom.

Peace.

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