Follow the Leader

Leading. Following. Like two teams in tug of war, they pull the rope that is me. I like being first: first in line, first to eat, first. Being first means I get to be the leader and I like being in charge. I wonder what Matthew thought about this leading and following thing. As a government official, he was used to being in charge too. What changed? Look at Matthew 9:9 (NIV):

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.”

Got up. Left everything. Followed.

Following challenges me. Following means waiting when I want to go, walking when I want to run, and trusting Jesus, my leader, to plan my steps, even when He doesn’t tell me where we’re going.

Following challenges me. Yet, following is what I am called to, not to go and do this or that, but to follow Him who leads me. Has Jesus called you to follow? How’s it going? Do you feel pulled? Be still and listen, end the tug of war, and follow the Leader.

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