John T. Willis

Monday, December 10, 2012

True Christians are FOLLOWERS of God

Our Western culture is saturated with the idea of the importance of LEADERSHIP. This permeates politics, education, business, athletics, medicine, science, philosophy, and yes religion. Depending on one's religion and one's stripe of religion, religious groups place great emphasis on the importance of the pope, cardinals, preachers, executives, elders, pastors--you get the idea. According to the Bible [whether it be the Hebrew Bible or the Newer Testament], the only acceptable LEADER of God's people is God our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. Check the concordances and you will realize this is true. Christianity is a counter-cultural religion. All true Christians are FOLLOWERS of God, NOT leaders. 1. Repeatedly, Jesus called all people to "follow" him. The Twelve whom Jesus summoned "followed" him--Matthew 4:18-22; 9:9; Mark 1:18; 2:14-15; Luke 5:11; and often. Jesus told everyone to take up one's cross and follow him--Matthew 16:24; Mark 10:21; Luke 9:23. 2. Samuel told Saul the king of Israel and the Israelites to "follow the Lord" (1 Samuel 12:14). Yes, the earthly king is to FOLLOW the Lord!!! 3. A synonym of "follower" is "disciple." A disciple is a learner, a follower, of God through Jesus Christ. See Matthew 10:24-25; Mark 6:1; Luke 6:40. Check a good concordance and you will see how often the term "disciple" appears in the Bible. A follower of God is not attempting to climb any kind of ladder socially, intellectually, or religiously, but to commit himself/herself to God each day, while a leader quickly becomes self-centered, full of pride, feeling self-important. Share YOUR dreams and drawbacks and aspirations and defeats with others. Let me hear from YOU. John Willis


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