One of the obvious signs that a person is a devoted follower of someone or something is their desire to please the person they’re following. The devoted follower won’t mind making personal sacrifices if they believe the sacrifice will benefit whomever or whatever they’re following. The devoted follower will go through great lengths to do what they think will make the person they are following happy.
Ultimately, we are all devoted followers of someone or something. The Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse of this when he writes:
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit set their minds on things of the spirit. – Romans 8:5 (English Standard Version)
Notice he didn’t leave room for there to be some other party that we could follow. Either we are setting our minds on (following) things that please us physically, or we have set our minds to live according to the Holy Spirit and therefore strive to please God.
You may say, “Well, Wade, I know people who their whole mission in life is to make money. That’s what they follow.” That very well may be true, but ultimately, they follow the money because it is pleasing to their flesh. Pleasing the flesh is ultimately where they seek contentment and therefore place their treasure.
As Christians, it’s very easy to seek contentment in the things God gives us: Children, families, promotions at work, our ministries, even our church. Sure, God wants us to enjoy those things, but He wants our ultimate contentment and satisfaction to be in Him and Him alone.
God doesn’t want us to give Him our devotion simply because He has the power to grant us the stuff we want. Nor does He want us to love Him simply because of what He has given us. God wants pure worship. He wants us to delight in Him simply because of who He is.
There is no hook, funny story or funny line to this; just an encouragement to set your mind on the things of the Spirit.
Follow Christ in all that you do. Seek His approval when making important decisions. Surrender every area of your life to Him (even the ones you don’t want to). Keep Him front and center. Remember, as Paul continues on in Romans 8:6, “…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” True contentment is found in Jesus Christ.