Speaking to more than 50,000 people who participated in the Passion 2021 Conference virtually last week, Duck Dynasty darling Sadie Robertson Huff urged today’s generation to strive after Jesus Christ rather than focus on how many followers they have on social media.
Just prior to ringing in the New Year, Huff was able to speak to thousands of young people across the country about whom they follow and how it’s influencing their daily lives.
Huff warned the current generation against looking to others via social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram instead of Jesus. She pleaded with her peers not to get caught up in receiving validation from others.
“We have a generation waiting to feel a sense of love… waiting to feel wanted by people gathering up to them instead of just gathering behind the King of kings and knowing that you’re wanted, knowing that you’re loved, knowing that you’re accepted because of what He’s already done for you,” Huff implored.
Huff also informed viewers that “if you’re following somebody, they are influencing you one way or another.” She explained that this is why today’s generation “looks more like the Instagram influencers than Jesus Christ.”
“We got to stop obsessing over who is following us and obsessing over the one that we’re following. We’re following them first instead of Jesus Christ first,” Huff said.
“I don’t have interest in following anybody who’s not leading me in the direction I want to go. And we need to take that really seriously.”
Huff continued by opening her Bible and reading from Matthew 16:24, where Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
She exhorted listeners to “stop following the pattern of this world” and stop searching for fame. Instead, follow after Jesus “because if we need anything after this year, we need a Savior.”
“It would be a shame if we spent more time thinking about when our 15 minutes of fame will hit than where we will spend eternity… We can’t save ourselves. We can’t put our hope in ourselves. We can’t put our faith in ourselves,” Huff said.
“You don’t want to do that because you know at the end of the day, you need something greater to put your hope in, something greater to put your faith in, something greater who can actually save you, who can actually give you hope beyond this world.”