Jesus Is Our Leader
"And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him." (Matthew 9:9)
"Hey! Follow me!" And around the big concrete cistern they walked, hopped, and ran. The older ones were the leaders and the younger ones quickly followed. Around and around the hole they went walking and jumping and having a great time. I stood off to the side watching – I was afraid to follow – afraid that I would fall into the big hole. But not my little brother! He ran right up and followed the leader, joining in the game until he tried to jump over the hole like the older, much bigger boys.
"Mom! Dad! Ronald fell into the hole!" My parents and their friends came running to rescue my little brother. Someone went down into the hole and rescued Ronald, and although he looked very hurt and badly shaken, he was okay after a trip to the emergency room.
Ronald got hurt that day because he chose to follow the wrong person. The activity they were doing was unsafe – but he didn't think about that because he was following someone else. It was not safe for anyone to play around that concrete cistern.
Whom are you following? Are you following Jesus or are you following another person? Are you following the things of Jesus or the things of the world? Jesus wants us to follow Him, much as He called men like Matthew to follow Him during His earthly ministry. It is dangerous to follow the people or things of the world. Follow Jesus!
We should follow Jesus by obeying His instructions.
» Am I following Jesus or this world? I can call on God to help me: "God, please give me the desire and ability to follow Your Son."
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