One of the greatest temptations Christians face is to avert our eyes from the person of Jesus and place them on the things of Jesus – His doctrine, His people, His word, His mission. This is a great temptation because there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of these things. In fact, without serious attention to them we could not be His disciples. They are essential.
The fallacy that trips us up is our focus on these things as objective apart from living fellowship with the person of Jesus. We end up with zeal for a cause, but no fellowship with the spirit behind the cause. Jesus doesn’t call His disciples by saying “Follow My teachings,” or “Follow My example,” or “Follow My reasoning.” It is always personal. “Follow Me.”