If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams
It is a widespread belief that based on our character traits, we are either leaders or followers. Leaders are seen as the strength of society; they are the movers and the shakers, always developing and embracing innovative ideas and motivating others to do their best. Followers rely on others to create, direct, and implement plans of action; they give their support by actively participating in bringing the plans to completion.
Are you a leader or a follower?
God requires the Believer to fulfill both roles: We are to become spiritual leaders and followers.
- Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
- Witnessing to others, And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mark 15:16
- Pursuing righteousness and possessing godly character traits; When they see your respectful and pure conduct. 1 Peter 3:2. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. There is no law against these things. Galatians 5:22-23
- Possessing love, compassion, and care for others; Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17. O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you, to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Active discipleship reveals that we have accepted both roles as spiritual leaders and followers. We can inspire others by sharing our testimony about the blessings that God has given to us. When our spiritual eyes are open, we can see the many opportunities to speak, encouraging words of comfort, greet others with a smile, offer to pray, use social media to post scriptures, etc.
Loving God, loving others, and loving ourselves equips us with the desire to serve. It takes humility, faith, and obedience to become a follower of Jesus Christ. Blessed are the meek (humble), for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5. Our love relationship with God prepares us to be faithful followers. “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” Revelation 22:12
Life, as a believer, just became easier. Now that we know our purpose, we can fulfill the dual roles of being the leader and follower that God has determined for us to become.
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 3
God, we thank you defining our roles as spiritual leaders and followers of you. We pray that you show us how to actively fulfill our responsibilities to witness and care for others. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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