Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Those We Follow, We Learn From

By: Jenifer Metzger

Every so often I like to go through my social media accounts and do a little clean up. Our list of those we follow seems to grow like a weed. Follow someone because a friend follows them, follow someone for a giveaway entry, follow someone because they had a really good post or idea and we want to see if there is more where that came from, or sometimes accidently tapping that follow button without realizing it.

Those we follow, we learn from.

Those We Follow, We Learn From

Whether we realize it or not, everyone we follow is teaching us something. We follow an account that gives tips and tricks for keeping our home clean and organized, we learn. We follow an account that shares recipes and kitchen hacks, we learn. We follow an account that shares makeup and hair tutorials, we learn. We follow an account that shares Bible verses and devotions, we learn.

I love following online ministries that share Biblical insight and encouragement. There is nothing more pleasing to me than scrolling through Instagram and seeing Scripture verse after Scripture verse and Bible image after Bible image. There are so many great Bible teachers and Christian influencers out there. Yet, we have to be very careful to not let social media voices teach you more about God than your Bible.

We can gain a wealth of knowledge from a Bible teacher or ministry online and we can be greatly encouraged, but if that is the only Scripture we are getting, the only time we are spending with the Father, there is a problem. If we are trusting Bible teachers and online ministries without going back and measuring it up to the Word of God, there is a problem.

Make them holy by your truth; teach
them Your word, which is truth.
John 17:17

So often we think if it's online, it's truth. But the reality is, I could go to the store and purchase a medical scrub top for less than twenty dollars and take a picture of myself wearing that scrub and share medical advice claiming to be a medical professional. Somewhere someone would believe me. Yet, I have absolutely no medical training. We just simply believe what we see without question.

Social media isn't truth. It is opinions by flawed humans. We need to seek the truth from the very One who is Truth. We need to seek truth from the Bible.

Don't let social media be your source of getting the Bible, of learning about God. Open the pages of the Word and dive in for yourself. What you learn from those you follow, stack it up against the Bible and see if it follows Truth. If not, don't follow.

I pray that your hearts will be flooded
with light so that you can understand
the confident hope he has given to
those He called—His holy people who
are His rich and glorious inheritance.
Ephesians 1:18

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