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Everybody follows somebody, who do you follow?

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“Everybody follows somebody. Who do you follow?” Rob Bell asks in Velvet Elvis. At about 28 years-old, when my mom asked me the question, “Do you have a mentor?” my answer was, “No.” I had a bunch of reasons why I didn’t need one. Now I realize I was a dumb, self-sufficient punk who woul…
By Seth Barnes
“Everybody follows somebody. Who do
you follow?” Rob Bell asks in Velvet Elvis.

At about 28 years-old, when my mom asked me the
question, “Do you have a mentor?” my answer was, “No.” I had a bunch of reasons
why I didn’t need one. Now I realize I was a dumb, self-sufficient punk who would
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As a middle-aged man, I realize I don’t have that kind
of time to waste. I’ve come to see the truth of Rob Bell’s statement,
“Everybody follows somebody,” and I’ve realized that Jesus and I are better off
if that somebody is not me. It needs to be another flesh-and-blood human
being.

Paul said, “Imitate me.” He understood that while we
may come to believe by hearing, we learn by doing. It’s no small matter that
Jesus’ first words to his disciples were “follow me.” He was big on
followership–it was synonymous with discipleship. “Whoever serves me follows
me,” he said.

Somehow in our independence-prizing culture, many of us
never learn to follow, and we spend much of our lifetimes going around the same
mountain. I didn’t learn to follow someone else till I was in my thirties and
realized I couldn’t lead where I’d never gone. I was tired of following
myself. Everybody follows somebody. Who do you follow?

Here’s a short video clip from Rob Bell’s video series called Nooma:

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