Monday, December 20, 2021

Meandering Monday - Following the Leader - Martin Wiles

Welcome to Meandering Monday, where we take a trip back to an earlier post and enjoy it again.

Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20 NLT

Following high school graduation, I avoided college like a plague and looked for work to support myself.

Attempting to escape plant work, I chose a local exterminating company. Things went well initially, but then a shuffling around of employees occurred, and I found myself working under houses. One can find many things under houses: snakes, busted septic lines, spiders, discarded toys. One of my trainers was an older gentleman who hated flashlights. I, on the other hand, preferred looking around before I lunged under a house. While in training, I followed his lead—frightened and in the dark. Surprisingly, he always took me to the area where we needed to go and without incident.

Jesus is a better leader. Prior to his arrival, people were forced to approach a priest, confess their sins, and allow him to go before God in their behalf. God, however, wanted unhindered access as had originally been the case with Adam and Eve. In his perfect timing, he sent his Son to blaze the path back to him. Now all who follow his lead can come boldly into God’s presence without fear of rejection or condemnation.

As followers of Christ, we’ve been charged with leading. In what direction we lead others and with what qualities are important considerations. By our actions, words, and attitudes, we should direct those in our circles of influence in a particular direction.

We’re leaders whether we desire the position or not, but where will others end up if they follow us? When our lifestyle reflects Jesus’, we’ll lead them to understand who Jesus was and is and what he was sent to earth to accomplish. By watching us, they’ll comprehend the exchanged life—living for Christ instead of ourselves. Those who choose to follow our lead will stroll successfully through the mountains and valleys of life on their way to an eternal Promise Land.

Who’s following your lead, and where are you taking them?

Prayer: Father, help us lead others to an abundant relationship with You. 

Tweetable: Where are you leading others? 

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