The leader

by Paula Harrington

Have you ever played Follow the Leader with a group of kids?

At first, they beg to be the leader but it doesn’t take very long for their position of honor to become tedious. They soon begin to have problems deciding what to do next and before you know it, they give up that title they had so desperately wanted.

The Apostles were good at following but, like us, sometimes they had trouble when it came to leading.

When they put themselves in charge of the Lord’s mission, they wanted to do things such as incinerate an entire village (Luke 9:54) and keep a bunch of innocent children (Mark 10:13) away from the Savior.

They had fits because there were other people doing good things in the name of Jesus (Luke 9:49). They even forbade the Son of God from fulfilling his purpose (Matthew 16:23).

At times, it seemed that they wanted to lead more than they wanted to serve (Mark 9:34, Luke 22:24). The men who walked so closely with Jesus didn’t always make the right decisions when they took their eyes off of him and focused on themselves.

I’ve been there. How about you?

When I’m behind the Sunday stroll driver on the Interstate during rush hour, I get aggravated. However, my leader reminds me to be patient (Ephesians 4:2).

When I’m tired and stressed to the max, I want to give up but Jesus reminds me of the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).

When temptations try to get the best of me, I’m afraid that I’ll fail, but my friend promises that he knows what I’m facing and through him, I can overcome (Hebrews 4:15-16).

When confronted with an unexpected dilemma, a difficult diagnosis, or tragedy, I fear the unknown. My Savior, however, advises me to be courageous (Luke 12:7). He assures me that I can get through whatever this life brings. He will never leave me (Hebrews 13:5).

Jesus is a trustworthy and faithful guide; a wise leader who will never lead us astray or be too busy to escort us through this crazy world.

Resign as leader of your kingdom and plug yourself into God’s. He’ll not only lead you to Heaven, he’ll comfort, protect, and heal you along the way.

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