Is anyone following you? I don’t mean stalking, I mean following, as in, “I trust where you’re going and I want to go there, too.” If not, why not?
Maybe you’re going in circles, and everyone knows it but you. Your life lacks direction and focus, and you really don’t know where you want to end up.
Maybe you don’t want to feel responsible for anyone else’s choices. Or you just don’t want people around. Like Cain, you shrug people off with, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Maybe you’re afraid to lead. You’re the nervous type who finds it easier to cruise behind someone else. You see the road ahead, you know the choices to be made, but you shrink back to avoid potential criticism.
It takes courage to lead. Leading means plowing new ground, being the first car in the fog, making a statement you haven’t read somewhere else.
I always assumed Bob’s job as a pastor thrust me into a leadership position I never asked for. I have finally come to the realization - albeit with heels dug in - that leadership isn’t an option. We all lead on some level. Whether or not people follow us anywhere meaningful, or whether or not meaningful people follow us, is up to us.
The Apostle Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Coupled with the final command of Christ to “Go...and make disciples,” these statements make it clear that leading is an integral part of the Christian life. To abdicate that responsibility is to say “No, Lord.” And those two words don’t go together - if Jesus Christ is truly Lord.