It is imperative that we are not people following people! For the blind cannot lead the blind. The danger in following man is that with one decision they make they can lead you straight to a path that was never destined for your life.
We are all called to follow Christ. Now, God uses man to encourage, teach, preach, prophesy, but ultimately our greatest influence into another’s life is the example of Christ’s life and light on the inside of us. The only thing that we should want that another has is Christ. We are to give instructions on how to come into relationship through the acceptance of salvation, for He is for all who is willing to receive Him.
When we follow man, we then carry what they carry personality, traits, behaviors, and we often become blind where they are blind if we are not careful. The word of God tells us we are created in their image, and their likeness Genesis 1:26 meaning we are created in the image and likeness of the Triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Christ is to be our greatest example and influence never placing anyone in His stead. We are to be shaped by the very Spirit of God, by His very Essence, by the correction of God, by the love of God, by the conviction of Holy Spirit, and by the truth of His word.
No matter how hard we follow man (pastors, preachers, influencers) hear them, try to mimic them if your whole heart is not rendered to Jesus then it’s all for nothing. You may reap because you're sowing, but are you reaping right? Are you reaping the God reward? Are you receiving beyond what your sowing?
May Christ be our goal and lifestyle, and May Holy Spirit be our guide to get there. Do not I repeat do not desire another’s substance or treasure. Seek God and you’ll receive your own.
CHRIST THE GREATEST INFLUENCER
HOLY GHOST THE GREATEST GUIDE
GOD THE ULTIMATE FATHER
For Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life John 14:6 (Remember the Lord tells us Who He is through His word and that gives us direction). Matthew 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.