To Follow or Not to Follow…

There are times in life when you’ve got to just fall in line; to pay for your groceries, to use the ATM or to register your car to name a few.

Folks don’t take too kindly to people cutting in lines and I could understand why. In those cases, the courteous, and less antagonistic, thing to do is simply to follow everyone else.

Not so when it comes to one’s salvation, I would argue. Following someone or something blindly, without weighing the critical factors, seem an insensible course of action.

Unfortunately, many of us are content to do so. We may have been brought up to believe certain things, yet we have never chosen to find out for ourselves whether what we’ve been taught was right or wrong.

Let’s face it, many of us are content to sit in a place of worship, once a week, and be spoonfed. We miss out on the buffet of blessings God longs to bestow on us because we are simply too lazy to drag ourselves to the dinner table.

Romans 14:12 (NIV) says, “Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”

What excuse would we give?

My parents told me… so I followed them?

The pastor or the priest said…so I followed him?

At a time in Earth’s history when we (in the Western world) have unprecedented access to the Bible (while some countries starve for the want of such), I am hard-pressed to come up with a facsimile of a valid excuse.

Matthew 6:33 admonishes us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…”

Its use of an active verb implies that it will require effort on our part. It also suggests that at the end there is something worth finding.

David in Psalm 16:11 (ESV) tells us that at God’s “…right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Now isn’t that worth working towards?

1 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) encourages us to, “Study to shew thyself approved…”

John 5:39 exhorts us to “Search the scriptures…”

We simply cannot fail if we follow God’s Word. After all, He is “…the way, the truth and the life…” (John 14:6)

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