🔴FOLLOW THE LEADER!
As a child, did you ever play a game called follow the leader? If you did, could you wait until it was your time to be the leader so that you could give the instructions on what to do next? In the game of following the leader, whatever the leader did, you were expected to do! If the leader clapped his hands, then you clapped your hands; if the leader hopped on one foot, you would do the same. Playing this game was not only fun but also considerably harmless. The leader-led, and you followed.
Following our leaders today may not be as harmless. Even though they set the example, it may not be one that you should follow. Perhaps the leadership does not show empathy or compassion for others and not being in your best interest.
Jesus taught us about following false prophets/leaders throughout His Word.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Jeremiah 14:14, And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.
Mark 13:22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
There is a real danger in following false prophets. But those who seek God and obey Him can be encouraged by God’s promises in His Word.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
Follow the one and only true leader who can keep you from harm and danger – God, through his son Jesus Christ! Be Safe!
~A Devotional by Diana L.W.Coleman
🔴 ASK Yourself
- What is leadership? Define what the word means to you and give an example.
- What qualities make someone a good leader? Why?
- Do you consider yourself to be a leader or a follower? Why?
This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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