Who Are You Following?
Verse 11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
Yesterday we mentioned that social media has shown us how easily people can become riled and start attacking each other, but the truth is its effects on society are bigger than that. We have become so accustomed to the word following that we may have stopped giving it the important thought it requires in the life of faith. Who is really worthy of our following?
We often follow people on a whim due to one or two posts that we like and while that may seem harmless if we have not researched the person’s true beliefs we may find the truth we have held dear being swayed by things that sound so good we fail to check them against the truth. This is one of the things that Jude is warning about.
Jude had grown up seeing the perfect truth of his brother, Jesus, being lived out but it wasn’t until after the resurrection that Jude was willing to accept this truth. He had believed the truth of the religious leaders of the day and had followed their teaching. He knew the dangers of following those that have a large following without seeking out the truth.
Jude points out three times from history where people had followed men who didn’t deserve following. In fact, these men had sought to draw God’s people away from His holy way. Cain led by example in his life of sin. Balaam went so far as to deceive people for money. And Korah had led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron in a time when it was important for the people of God to hold strong to the truth that Moses was giving them as he tried to help the people live as God was wanting them to.
The Berean church of the New Testament give us a great example of how to keep from falling into the trap of believing whatever we hear or read. It says in Act 17:11 that they checked everything that Paul and others taught them against the truth of the Scriptures. They were diligent in seeking out the truth and checking every teaching against what they knew was true, the Word of God. What a great example for us to follow so we don’t fall into the trap of false teachers.
Making It Personal
Have you ever followed someone and then found that they were not worth your following? How much research do you do into the beliefs of those that you follow? How intentional are you about following Jesus’ teachings?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever played follow the leader? Are there leaders that are better than others? Who is the most important person to follow? In what ways do you follow Jesus?
Father, thank You for this reminder that it is important that we pay close attention to who we follow. Give us the discernment on knowing who is worth listening to and who we should not listen to. And help us know truth when we see and hear it. In Jesus’ name, amen.