Thinking back over some of my life, I can remember when I didn’t have any direction. That all changed when I met Jesus, but those memories are still there and when I get to thinking about them, it comes down to a simple group of questions. Questions we all need to ask ourselves from time to time: Who are you following? What are you following? When are you following? To Where are you following? And, Why are you following? Answered or not, we all live with these questions.
With God’s Word as our guide, we can know a little bit about each question. Who are you following? Could be a person. Maybe someone you know or know about. Perhaps even a “fiend.” Well, you can’t have a better friend than Jesus. He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14.6 Without any doubt, Jesus is the one we should be following. This answers the “who” question. :
What are you following ? Maybe a cause has caught your attention. You may be following a pattern or a way of life. Perhaps a dream is motivating your thinking. Hopefully not, but it could be a nightmare. The Word tells us, “There is a way that appears to be right, but the end of it leads to death.” Proverbs 14.12 That death can be the end of a dream. It could be the end of a long trip down a wrong road. It could mean, as it does in this verse, your separation from the truth of God that would result at your actual death without Jesus in your life as your savior. I think the meaning is very clear: You don’t want to be following some kind of “what” that keeps you from a personal relationship with Jesus.
It’s a time sensitive question, so, When are you following ? This implies a time. When is a very important question. You spend it somewhere and somehow. But, are you aware that “when” represents a 2 continuation. It also connects understanding with attitude. The Word of God addresses this very clearly with Paul’s letter to the Galatians, where he speaks to and for all believers. He says, “… Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God.” Galatians 2.20. When was this? Now. The Word of God says, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6.2 This tells us the importance of now.
Where are you following? We’re all busy doing something. Going, or trying to go somewhere. Some of us don’t really know. Some, or most of us, may know when we get there. In the course of a week we go to many places and do many things. We go to work; we look for work; we do the work. We play; we relax a little; we just simply exhale. We worship. Sometimes we worship privately. Sometimes in fellowship with others. Often, we are with our family, our friends and those who might become our friends. “Where” can mean many things and many places. If you have the truth of Christ in your life, here’s where God tells you to go. “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1.8 Let’s break this down just a bit and make it relevant for us today. Jerusalem represents your town. Where you work, play, relax, etc. Judea and Samaria represent the area around your town. Where you go to do and be with others in your sphere of influence. The ends of the earth obviously represents everywhere else in the world. So “where” means wherever and wherever means just that, wherever.
If all that isn’t enough, we still have to look at Why are you following? If you aren’t following, are you leading, or perhaps wandering? If you are leading, where are you leading? You know, it’s a true statement: You are not qualified to lead until you have learned to follow. Here’s what Jesus says about following: “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12.26 3 Jesus doesn’t just throw this out there. He gives us instructions. Through the Apostle Peter, He tells us: “To this you were called, (referring to following Him), because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2.21 Following involves leadership because there are others watching our steps. Following Christ’s example we can take sure, solid and proven steps and provide an example for others.
So, now we have a handle on the five W’s: Who you are following? What you are following? When you are following? To Where you are following? And Why you are following? Our station in life carries our own personal response to these questions. And, we can all agree, Jesus, and our relationship with Him is the ans