- Ephesians 5:1
Who or what we choose to follow says something about us. What quickly comes to mind is being a fan of a sports team - say a college football team. If you are a fan of Alabama (roll tide, right?) it speaks to where you might be from, what team your parents were a fan of, or perhaps where you went to college. When we put on those jerseys of whatever sports team we love, we let people know a lot about us! We are an example of what it means to be a real fan.
Our Christian experience is built on this concept of "following." What we follow determines how we live. The church at Ephesus needed reminding that of everyone or everything they could follow, they needed to follow God's example as seen in Jesus Christ. And why God's example in Christ? Paul reminds them that it is because they are God's "dearly loved children." In other words, you follow who loves you. Since God's love is so evident in Christ Jesus, God is worth following.
As modern Christians we would do well to heed Paul's words. We are God's beloved. His love compels us to follow Him. In fact, there is no greater love than God's love for us. As we go about our week let us be reminded that there is only one that deserves to be followed . . .