Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Have you ever taken a good look at who you follow on IG? For the most part. What accounts do you tend to look at? Maybe if you’re on TikTok, this would be an easier exercise. What content is the algorithm feeding you?
For anyone without social platforms, what are you reading? What movies are you watching?
Looking for the kind of media you are attracted to is important because it talks about what you surround yourself with.
I took a few masterclasses, and both teachers had one key takeaway. Find a mentor. What was followed was, in today’s day, your mentor can be digital. Someone you’ve never met.
I agree with this statement. But it feeds into what I am trying to convey. You are who you follow.
If you follow a bunch of lifestyle bloggers, you are probably someone who enjoys fashion, cooking recipes, family time, etc. If you follow many healthy bloggers, people who enjoy the gym and creating healthy food, you most likely value your health. I recently started to go to the gym again; I am jumping on the peloton at night and going for long walks. I want to work on my health goals. When I see tempting recipe videos, I swipe on past them. I have even had to unfollow some accounts.
So when Jesus spoke to your heart and asked you to follow Him, did you accept the request? Are you following His way? Are you looking to the way He lived? When He speaks, do you listen? Do you pray often? Speak with Him?
Did you unfollow the habits that keep you from living a life of freedom? This verse asks us to leave it all behind. He asked this man to leave everything to follow him. This was in a time where he couldn’t hand his fortune to a friend or a brother and watch that person live their life on social media. He couldn’t check on his things from time to time to see how they were doing. He has to leave it behind. It no longer existed.
What is God asking us to unfollow so that we can become more like Him?
Jesus, thank you for pushing us to be better. Thank you for wanting more for every single one of us. You know that we love you with every fiber, and you know what keeps us from you. We ask that we leave all of that behind, and we follow you, your ways, your example. Let us talk with you often and lean onto your understanding. It is in your Holy name that we pray, AMEN!