We live in a world teeming with wannabe leaders. In previous generations, working up the corporate ladder, or being satisfied with a current career, was the status quo.
Nowadays, newly graduated twenty-something’s are obsessed with the idea of being their own boss, forging their own way. A recent survey found that 91% of their millennial respondents wanted to be a leader. Why work for someone else when you can have your own start-up, app, business, etc.?
But the truth is, we only need one good leader. What is the point of having a leader without followers – especially good followers? Maybe we would be better off if we encouraged followers, rather than leaders.
Our culture praises independence, power and influence. And who was the biggest influencer of all time? I would argue, Jesus. We measure time by his birth more than 2,000 years after his death.
So what can we learn from Jesus, the Jesus who spent the majority of his life creating followers and disciples?
My conclusion is this: We should follow the ultimate influencer, Jesus. And we should spend our lives getting more people to follow Him as well.
Good followers are the type of people you want with you when you go into battle. They are the ones that would lay down their lives to serve others. J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings character Samwise Gangee, constantly followed, loved and protected the often-confused Frodo. We should all be so fortunate to have a Samwise in our circle of our friends. We would disrupt the status quo of every workplace, home and school if we begin to train to be followers of Jesus, rather than leaders of men.
I’d challenge you to spend your life creating followers, or disciples of Jesus. These are the people you want with you on the front lines of spiritual warfare, and in everyday life.
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