WHOSE DISCIPLE ARE YOU?
- Dearly Beloved,
WHOSE DISCIPLE ARE YOU?
�Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from
beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary,
because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the
disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of
God's throne� (Hebrews 12:2 TEV).
Being somebody who wants to minister to as many people as possible through
the Internet, I joined as many Internet groups, forums, blogs, pages, and
the likes, and I allow people to add me to their groups, forums, blogs, and
pages. Some of these people even made me an administrator/moderator or
co-owner of their groups, forums, blogs, or pages. The fact that I am an
administrator/moderator or co-owner of any Internet group, forum, blog, or
page does not mean that I agree totally with the activities in, or the
contents of the Internet group, forum, blog, or page. However, I was
embarrassed when I discovered recently that I was made an administrator
(and by implication a co-owner) of a Facebook page titled �Disciples of
[founder of a denomination].� I could not bear the misrepresentation that
the page gave me: that I am a disciple of a man. Never! I am a disciple of
only my Lord Jesus Christ. I follow no man no matter how great or good the
Because of their love and admiration for a religious leader, it is a pity
that many Christians have turned such leader to a small god. They extremely
revere such leader. They behave like the leader. They speak like the
leader. At times, they value the leader�s words more than God�s words. They
even use the leader�s name to pray to God! While some religious leaders
want their followers to do such for them, some are ignorant of the
activities of their followers, while some who are aware of such try to
dissuade their followers from doing so.
It is good to revere spiritual leaders. The Bible encourages it. However,
there should be a limit to the reverence one would give them. The moment
the reverence for them is being place side by side with, or replacing one�s
reverence for God, one should be very careful. Apostle Paul advised against
this: �...each one of you says something different. One says, �I follow
Paul�; another, �I follow Apollos�; another, �I follow Peter�; and another,
�I follow Christ.� Christ has been divided into groups! Was it Paul who
died on the cross for you? Were you baptized as Paul's disciples?� (1
Corinthians 1:12-13 TEV). Rather, the writer to the Hebrews advised, �Let
us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning
to end... � (Hebrews 12:2 TEV).
I am not, and will never be, a disciple of any man. I am a disciple of the
Lord Jesus Christ. Whose disciple are you?
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor)
Prayer Point: Lord, help me not to follow any man no matter how good or
great he/she may be, but help me to always fix my eyes on You. Amen.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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