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A Follower First

A Follower First

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.
— (1 Peter 2:21)

I was teaching a leadership session to some high school students a few summers ago and was reminded of a phrase that I try to say, “Remember that you're a follower first!”

It can be so easy to get caught in the role and prestige of being a leader, being in charge, being the one that everyone is looking to, that we diminish what our true focus should be.

The story of Mary and Martha is one that God brings to mind often.

In Luke 10:38-42, we have an account of their dialogue with Christ and it went something like this...

Setting the scene, we find the Lord talking and most likely teaching and Mary sitting at His feet, taking in all she can from Him. Meanwhile, Martha is trying to get everything ready to feed everyone who has just arrived and is “distracted with all her preparations”.

Martha, a little annoyed that Mary doesn't see the need to help her with all the work decides that instead of confronting Mary, she'd go to Jesus and maybe He could convince Mary of helping out a little.

I don't think Martha expected the answer that she got from Jesus...

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Hmm, I think I am more often than not, more like Martha when I should be more like Mary. What about you?

Quite a few years ago, I very purposefully put my religious views as 'sitting at the feet of Jesus' on my Facebook profile. It's often been a good reminder about where my focus needs to be and what really matters.

Through all of my leadership study, I have paired down my definition of leadership to one word - influence.

When we talk in terms of spiritual leadership, being a follower first has huge implications for how you influence followers spiritually.

Not every Christian is called to major leadership in the church, but every Christian is a leader, for we all influence others.
— J. Oswald Sanders (Spiritual Leadership)

The question Christians in leadership need to ask themselves often is if they can truly say like Paul, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Cor 11:1).

Do you know well enough where you are going that you can lead others there?

“The ideal leader, is one who hears the voice of God, and beckons on as the voice calls him and them.”

(A. W. Tozer)

What example do you give? Mary's example or Martha's example?


*Originally posted on The Eddy Blog 2016

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