Rev. Dr. Chris oyakhilome Dsc, DD
Heb 6:13 ESV: so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Philippians 3:17 GNB “Keep on imitating me, my friends. Pay attention to those who follow the right example that we have set for you.”
Pastor Chris discussed the impacts of social media on young people, and how they can often get caught up in following the wrong people online. People everywhere, especially the younger generations are flooded with daily online content.
A large part of our thoughts, knowledge and even feelings come from what we see online. These posts cause laughter, anger, curiosity, they can both inform us or deceive us. This is why the man of God teaches how important it is to make the right choices and pay attention to our online communities.
????FINDING A ROLE MODEL????
Pastor Chris talks about finding a role model. Young people seek role models in their lives but it is important to choose right.
“As a young person, you’d probably want to pattern your life after one role model or another. There’s nothing wrong in having a role model, but you must let the Word of God guide you in choosing the right one. And our theme scripture today is so relevant in this regard.”
Pastor Chris tells us the importance of recognizing those who follow God and those who don’t. We must create a filtering system to make these distinctions. He references Paul to know how to follow someone’s example. “Paul says, “Follow my example, and take note of those who are also living in the same way.” You’re supposed to pattern your life only after godly characters, not people who don’t know or recognize God. There’re so many famous people in the world who aren’t living to give God glory. They’re perceived to be successful, but their accomplishments don’t count before God. You ought not to pattern your life after such folks.”
????BEWARE OF THOSE WHO FOOL YOU????
The man of God warns us against those who claim to believe in God, but in reality, do not. “There are others who pretend to be godly outwardly but aren’t committed to God inwardly. The Bible says to keep away from them also. In the subsequent verses to our theme scripture, we read: “For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things” (Philippians 3:18-19 NIV).”
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