Follow Me, I Know (Not) Where I'm Going

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“Follow us on TWITTER.” “Follow us on FACEBOOK.” Follow the trends. Follow the news. Follow the crowd. Follow the leader. Follow...

Everywhere we look something, or someone, wants us to follow.

In Jesus’ discussion with the crowd in Jerusalem, He spoke these key words: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Men are “blessed” with great ideas, usually built around their own agendas and their own ambitions. A following helps them achieve at least the appearance of success. They may even be so bold (and deluded) to promise light and life to those who follow them. But only Jesus can make the promise of light and life and actually keep that promise.

Later in the discussion, the Lord speaks more key words: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31, 32).

Light.

Life.

Truth.

Freedom.

Sounds like a good person to follow.

And just to reinforce what He was saying, Jesus then said: “...if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

There are lots of choices in life of who, or what, to follow. We can, as the saying goes, “hitch our star” to a multitude of people and things that seem like they will get us where we need to go. In the end, there is only one leader who will not crash and burn at the end of his run. That leader is Jesus. It should go without saying that it is Jesus who we need to follow, especially if light, life, truth and freedom are what we treasure. Everything else is trash.

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