Who do you follow?
If you have social media accounts, you might follow people or organizations on those accounts. When you follow people or groups on social media, you receive their updates in your news feed. Your following is informational.
But perhaps your following of close family and friends, and of some organizations, is more than just learning information about them. When it comes to your family and friends, you also participate in their lives. When it comes to an organization you believe it, you might donate financial gifts or volunteer in its programs.
So there are different levels of following. One level might require very little investment on our part, while other levels might require significant investment. Many organizations, in fact, have names for their levels of followership. You might be a platinum member or a silver member, for example. There are entry-level commitments and there are senior-level commitments. One level might require checking a box that says you just want to receive a free monthly newsletter. Another level might require a serious financial buy-in, opening the door for you to experience exclusive benefits and opportunities.
What I have just described is how many businesses or clubs work. But what about God? Are there levels with God? Is he okay if we all we do is make an entry-level commitment to him? Is there such a thing as an entry-level commitment? What does it mean to follow him?
We’re continuing our study through the Gospel of John, next continuing chapter 1, and what we’ll discover are the first words out of Jesus’ mouth. See for yourself in John 1:35-42. Jesus’ first words are all about what it means to follow him, and you just might find what he says to be shocking.
I invite you to join us on the blog next week to find out.