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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2013
      Dearly Beloved,


      �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
      man was/is!

      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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