I once saw a picture with a rancher walking along a fence with his son. The caption said "be careful where you step, son," to which the son replied "You be careful, I'm following you." My children are 4 constant reminders that no matter what I do, I am being watched. And yet, it goes so much deeper than that. Recently, my wife and I took in a teen that we'd seen grow up at our former church. At the end of summer, he will be attending Bible college, and on the weekends, he will be interning at the church I currently serve at. My wife asked the question "is he following you, or following Jesus?" In a way, it's both. As Christians, we're supposed to be fishers of men, going and making disciples. It is our (literally) God given duty! The lord has put people in my path from my first ministries, and even before that. To this day, I am still discipling people who live hundreds, even thousands of miles away, because it is a process that does not end! Church, our most sacred duty is to make disciples! It is something Jesus Himself told His disciples to do, and it must be the process by which we do everything, marrying, parenting, being a friend, worker, or whatever else God calls us to be. Who's following you? Who are you leading to follow Christ, and who some day will do the same for others?
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 English Standard Version (ESV)
Do All to the Glory of God
23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience.28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else's conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
11 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.