Be Careful Who You Follow

Earlier this week, I led a caravan of students from our church to a bible study at the youth pastor’s house. I had five girls in the van with me, and there were three other cars following me.

I’d been to the house before. I thought I remembered how to get there.

I was wrong. I didn’t know where I was going (I rarely do – my sense of direction is almost as bad as my culinary abilities).

So I kept driving. And driving. When I realized I had gone way too far and we finally pulled over, one of the boys following us said, “I knew we passed the street. But I thought maybe you knew another way.”

He shouldn’t have kept following me! He should have pulled beside me and made a “what are you thinking?” face and told me to me stop. But he was raised to respect his elders (a good thing), so he just kept on.

When I finally pulled over, he volunteered to lead the caravan, and within minutes, we were in the front of the youth pastor’s house, laughing at my error.

As I drove away, I thought of how easy is it to follow the wrong leader when it comes to our spiritual lives. We all follow someone. Even people who think they are “doing their own thing” aren’t – their ideas are informed by the ideas/philosophies/teachings of others. As Solomon so wisely said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

So how do we know which leader is true? As I have said so many times before, I base my beliefs on the Word of God. I believe man’s wisdom, apart from God, will fail us EVERY time. But the Word of God never fails. It has proven itself to be true over the centuries – through scholarly analysis and through the hearts of those changed by its words.

I follow the God of the Bible. I follow Him because He created me, He knows my future, He has plans that I want to follow. He knows the “right way.” And though He clearly states there is One Way, He makes that way available to everyone. We can choose to follow Him, make Him our leader, or we can choose another leader and find ourselves off the path. Lost.

It is our choice.

This week, as we celebrate the death and resurrection of the Savior, I pray you follow Him. Don’t get behind someone who doesn’t know where she is going! Stand behind the one who has known you since before you were born, the one who loves you more than you can possibly imagine.

Follow Jesus.

1 Comment

  1. Sarah
    Apr 16, 2014

    This was really good! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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