It seems that the world is full of leaders, or at least obsessed with leaders. We want influencers, entrepreneurs, people with “gravitas”, or people who are able to get others moving in the right direction. These are all sought after qualities in business, research and technology, as well as medical fields. Almost every college and university will boast how it is “developing the leaders of tomorrow” in some form or fashion.
But who is focused on being a healthy follower? Who is learning how to be a dependable employee, or an effective team contributor? Are people given training on how to take directions, how to handle criticism, or to adjust their plans based on a recognized authority? Are people being taught basic respect for those in positions of authority?
Jesus never said, “Follow me and you will reach your full potential and become great leaders.” If anything, he taught the exact opposite. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” That doesn’t seem very glamorous. Not much of a bling factor here, it seems.
Yet, when we see the Savior Jesus for who he is, we cannot help but respond to his invitation to lay down our lives and follow him. The question is, “What am I willing to give up in order to be a wholehearted follower of Christ? What am I willing to allow Jesus to redefine in my life in order to follow Him?”