What You Follow Tells a Story About You

Who and what you follow creates two types of followers. Psalm 23

Proverbs 12:11 says, “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” If you follow worthless things and pursue empty activities, you will be telling others you lack sense. Sense is perception. In other words, you are broadcasting your lack of perception about what is valuable. It is a wise person who follows the Shepherd.

Who You Follow Will Create Similar Followers

You will get two types of followers when you follow the Good Shepherd. The first type is within your life, and the second is external.

Psalm 23 is a familiar Psalm of David about the Lord as the Shepherd. A shepherd leads, and wise sheep follow. The first portion of the Psalm says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” Even when life is difficult, “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” And when life is unbearable, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 23 ESV The Lord is my Shepherd and therefore, goodness and mercy follow me.

The First Type of Follower of a Shepherd Follower

Something amazing happens to the thoughtful sheep who follows the Good Shepherd. Their lives might be full of things that would cause others to break, but they see and experience life differently. They recognize they have received mercy and goodness from the Shepherd. This gift is beneficial for life on planet Earth and for life with the Shepherd forever. David, in Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The Second Type of Follower of a Shepherd Follower

The second type of follower is other people. One set of followers I seek to influence is our grandchildren. Recently two of our granddaughters sent Cindie and me messages asking us to support them in prayer and in financial help for missions trips they plan to take this summer. One granddaughter is going to Haiti and the other is going to Texas. Both seek to make a difference in the lives of others, so we are giving and praying. Our third granddaughter is making a difference in the lives of others at Madison College, at Camp Fairwood, and at Beehive Homes.

Three followers of the Good Shepherd – our three granddaughters.

Six years ago, on March 21, 2017, I wrote the first of several letters to our grandchildren in my blog. I started by saying, “Too often some things you learn in life are not passed on to the next generation.  That is not wise living.  This letter is the first of several I hope to write to train and encourage our grandchildren.”

I also said, “God is far more interested in your heart than He is in how much money you have.  The Bible warns against greed and encourages generous and cheerful giving.  It says that borrowing money is unwise and that the borrower is a slave of the lender.  Proverbs 3:9 says we are to honor the Lord with our wealth.”

“We are praying that you will be good disciples of Jesus and understand the value of true riches. ” I think they are following the Shepherd too. That is so encouraging.

How to Identify a Follower of Jesus

They know the Shepherd’s voice, they listen for the Shepherd’s voice, and then they follow the Shepherd.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” John 10:1-4

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All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.