Galatians 2:1-10, vs. “8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), 9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.” ESV
Who we link arms with is very important because who we are, what we believe, what we stand for can partly be traced to those we link ourselves with. One popular example, in the last few years there has been a drive for unity for a common cause in many areas with Evangelical and Catholics Together (ECT).
1Corinthians 11:1, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ”, KJV
If you are anything like me, then you have someone or some people who inspire you especially in the spiritual arenas (our spiritual leaders). Joshua had a spiritual leader Moses, so was Elisha who had Elijah, Timothy had a Paul etc.
In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul opens with this line in chapter 11:1, “Be ye followers (imitators) of me, even as I also am of Christ”. Why did he not say “follow Christ as I follow Him”, because Paul knew to follow Christ meant laying it all on the line.