As we are growing up and travelling through life – we look up to, and follow (in whatever way) – certain individuals, usually ones that we admire.
Mentors, those in authority over us, parents. But also those hailed as heroes, (perhaps in our own peer group), are often looked-up-too.
Successful athletes would be an example, as borne out by the aftermath of the Olympic Games.
Young teenagers imitate the behaviour of footballers, as they argue with referees or get into scraps with the opposition players.
Paul the apostle exhorts the people:
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
This ‘following’ referred to, could mean various things.
Wherever Christ is going – you follow Him and go there too.
Whatever behaviour Christ engages in, – you follow – you do the same.
Or like the first disciples when people were looking for Jesus, the disciples indicated the inquirers should follow them as they led them to Him.
20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
On this particular occasion we are not told if Jesus addressed the Greeks, or if they were in earshot of the next words He said. But if you follow real disciples today, they will lead you to Jesus.
Also as we listen to others expounding the Word of God, we have the opportunity, if what they say agrees with the Bible – to rise up and obey the instruction – this is also following them, and what they teach, in some cases, until you find Jesus for yourself.