Hebrews 13:7 “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”
To ponder the fact that we are all created by a supernatural being that oversees His creation with love, mercy, and grace is truly amazing. His plan and purpose for us are not hidden, but available through a close — personal relationship with Himself.
Our God, the God of Heaven, is a God of order and structure. He has a pattern and a path for everyone and everything. He has ordained some of us to lead and all of us to follow.
A leader who cannot follow is no leader; for they understand not the heart of those they lead, nor the spirit it takes to submit to another.
God-ordained leadership is always with us. Whether it is the leader of your home, your work, your church, or your country; God has placed that one or those there to fulfill His plan and His purpose.
To follow takes a unique spirit and heart to give over the leadership of your soul to another. We should not follow that person or group blindly because of the benefits it brings, but, instead, because we believe where they are heading toward a goal worth striving.
Some follow after the newest and most shiny thing presented unto them. Others follow selfishly only to gain what they can for themselves and then leave. Still, others follow because they can identify with a specific struggle, cause, or sin.
Our enemy uses tactics to divide and destroy the body of Christ. He will use whatever it takes to take our eyes off of Jesus and turn away from following God.
Our example, Jesus Christ, came not to rule, as the Jews would have desired, but came as a servant; to give Himself a ransom for us all. Consider what Paul wrote to the church at Philippi:
Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
But God raises up leaders for us to follow. He says:
“…whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”
Man can and will fail us. But we often miss such subtle admonitions like the fact it is their faith I am to follow, not them. That way, when their humanity reveals itself, it won’t deter me from the path God placed me on because I am following their faith.
That is what makes the Word of God such a vast resource.
We must use it to determine if their faith is worth following. Does their faith line up with what God says? Are they speaking the truth that God confirms?
We also leave out the very One given to us to know what is right and what is error.
John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
The job of the Holy Spirit is to speak truth to my heart, lead me and guide me into all truth, and speak only that which the Father wants me to hear. Solomon shares with us:
Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
We must be able to see our way clear to the end of that which we follow. We must ask ourselves, “Would Jesus watch this with me?” “Is where I am going, who I am with, and what I am doing going to glorify God?”
Taking into consideration the eternal consequences of my actions, I must choose accordingly. The ability to follow is just as crucial as leadership.