Did you ever play Follow the Leader in school? Or how about this: were you ever blindfolded and had to navigate solely by someone's voice commands? In both cases there is a necessary ingredient to being a good follower: you have to trust the leader!
In my last blog I talked about being a Godly leader. Whether you are in a leadership position or not, all of us have been called to follow Christ. If you've answered the call to follow him, there are two things you must do: trust him and obey him.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 the Bible tells us to trust God in all our ways and to not lean on our own understanding. Our trust in God must move us beyond a casual approach to following Christ. Because we trust him with our very life, we trust his motives. We move when he says move and we stay when he says stay. God, your will be done becomes the truest desire of our heart. Our trust in Jesus steers our actions we take and the words we use; the places we go and the things we do. We don't waste time doubting God's character. We read God's Word for direction. We do what it says, even when it challenges us and goes against our flesh.
Secondly, we must obey. A natural offshoot of trusting is obeying. You see, all disobedience is sin, and all sin is rooted in an attitude that doubts God's Word and God's character. Obedience is 1) the right way (attitude), 2) right away (punctual), and 3) all the way (100%). Anything less than that is not true obedience.
Jesus is the best example for one who lived an obedient life. Philippians 2:6-8 tells us that Jesus became obedient to death on a cross. Why? Because he loved us! As he followed the will of the Father, so should we.
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