Have you ever played the game called “Follow the Leader?”
In this game, one person is the leader, and the other participants have to follow the leader wherever he goes. No matter what that leader does, the followers have to copy them.
Well, I have a dog who refuses to “Follow the Leader.” Rather than following my lead, he prefers to lead himself. He’ll follow me when I’m going out, BECAUSE HE WANTS TO GO OUT. But when he’s ready to go back into the house, he grabs the leash in his big mouth and starts pulling.
And, I must admit, I let him pull me back. I figure, if he’s ready to go back in, then so am I! This walk is over.
Jesus repeatedly told His disciples to follow Him. Jesus’s disciples were expected to leave their homes, their families, their stuff, their livelihoods, whatever they were attached to … and follow Him. God expects us to choose to follow His plans, rather than our own. “Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”” (Matthew 16:24)
As modern-day Christians (“Christ-followers”), Jesus is still calling us to Follow Him. He is supposed to be the leader, and we are supposed to follow Him.
Heart check: Are you following Jesus – or yourself? In what ways do you need to change the path that you’re on, letting go of pulling your own leash, and choosing instead to faithfully follow your good Leader, Jesus?