Our terminology is changing, but the basic principles of life are the same as they have always been. For instance, we now have terms like tweet, and it is not just the sound a bird makes, any more. We have terms like post, not something you dig a hole for, fasten wire and wood to, or set in concrete. These terms, in the last few years, have taken on expanded and different meanings. However, they convey ideas that have been around since the Garden of Eden.
Today, if you are following someone, this means that you are subscribing to their tweets or that you are receiving their posts or updates. Basically, this means you are choosing to listen, read, what they are saying. This all seems so fascinatingly new, but the truth is people have been choosing who they follow or listen to since the beginning, Genesis chapter 3.
We can choose to follow the desires/cravings of our flesh, as the world does (Eph 2:3; 1 Jn 2:15-17). Otherwise, we can choose to live this life in the body following Christ. We can subscribe to His postings/updates, the Holy Scriptures (Rom 10:17), so that we can live our lives in the body by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself up for us (Gal 2:20)!
Who are we following? Whose updates are we choosing to receive? Honest questions deserve honest answers. Honestly, we are answering them every day. What answer are we giving them? Christ, or the world?
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world (1Jn 2:15-17 NIV).
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath (Eph 2:3).
24 The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” (John 10:24-30).