Have you seen the movies that Facebook created for each subscriber based on their posts and pictures? They’re a quick snapshot of the past five years, like a scrapbook movie clip. You can view mine here. Facebook did it in conjunction with our birthdays (Yes, Facebook and I share a birthday. Don’t be jealous.).
Lots of people have been posting on Facebook how the Lookback movies have caused them to waste even more time online than normal, looking at everyone’s movie. My question to you is this, if God chose to make a Lookback movie of your life, covering the full span of it, would it reflect a follower of Jesus? Would there be evidence of you living your life in pursuit of Him, modeling all you do, say, and even post on Facebook? After viewing it, would people call you a follower of Jesus?
That’s a little sobering to think about, isn’t it? In his book, Not A Fan, Kyle Idleman said,
There’s a tendency to define yourself as a follower based on how you feel about Jesus, but following requires there to be more than a feeling. Following requires movement.”
A lot of people give lip service to being followers of Jesus Christ. They go so far as to claim Him as Lord, but is there enough evidence to convict them of it? In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus talks about those who claimed to be followers, and even believed they were, but their actions didn’t provide enough evidence to find them guilty of being a follower of Christ.
It isn’t what we do when everyone is looking, because the motivation for those actions could be public praise. It’s what we do when we think no one is looking, when it’s inconvenient, when it costs us something, that’s where the evidence exists. The story of the Good Samaritan is an example of the kind of follower Jesus is looking for… someone who puts another’s needs ahead of their own, someone willing to pay the price [Luke 10:25-37].
It has been said,
The value of anything is dependent upon the price someone is willing to pay.”
What value do you place on being a follower of Christ? He paid His life for us to have that opportunity [John 3:16]. What are you willing to pay for it? What are you willing to do?