Be a Follower

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed Him. Mark 1:16-20

A young woman was filling out her college application. About midway through the application, she came to this question: Are you a leader? Her heart sank. She was conscientious, and wanted to be honest with herself and the school. Though she felt it was to her detriment, she answered “No” to the question, completed the application and mailed it to the school, fearing the worst, but hoping it would not hurt her chances for admission.

To her surprise, she received a letter from the college, containing the following note: "Dear applicant, a study of the application forms reveals that this year, our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they have at least one follower."

The world tells us that we always ought to strive to be leaders – in school, in the workplace, in the family, in sports, and whatever we do. But Jesus Christ and the Word of God call us to be radically different from the world. The Bible says much more about following than it does about leading. There are times when leadership is encouraged and required, and there is a spiritual gift of leadership. But understand this: Jesus Christ is much more interested in your faithfully following Him first.

Are you following Jesus every day? Jesus means for you to follow Him just like your shadow follows you, going everywhere He goes, doing everything He does. Do you remember playing Follow the Leader as a kid? It’s an easy game, with one simple rule: do whatever the leader does, and go wherever the leader goes. We are to follow our Leader.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!