Prayer for the day
Know this: The LORD himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Scripture for the day
Humans. Many of us think of ourselves as individuals, as islands, as autonomous, self-governing agents, in charge of our lives and in control.
Yet most of us, if we are given an example, will follow. Even the great leaders among us also follow. We follow trends, we follow examples, we follow leaders, and we follow each other.
We look to others for guidance, for an example to follow, we look to one another in order to feel that we have connection, that we have direction. We follow charismatics, we follow determined, we follow type A and type B. We follow.
The people of Israel call to Gideon, seeking to follow him. They want him to lead.
The disciples are called to follow Jesus, and they do. They leave everything to follow.
But leadership is not the be all and the end all we’ve made it out to be.
Gideon refuses to be the king the people want, even though he is their leader. He refuses the glory, refuses the decision making. Why does he give it up? And why does Jesus take this kind of leadership upon himself?
There’s one easy, Sunday school answer, and thankfully, this time it’s the right one: God. Gideon understands that that his leadership is the direct result of God. God leads Gideon, and Gideon does what God says. Jesus is the same way. He even says that he doesn’t do anything except what the Father tells him.
Both Gideon and Jesus are leaders because God calls them to be. They lead well because they follow well.
We would do well to learn to follow long before we learn to lead.