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Follow the Leader

Paul wrote: "Well, I'll tell you why. It is because you must do everything for the glory of God, even your eating and drinking. So don't be a stumbling block to anyone, whether they are Jews or Gentiles or Christians. That is the plan I follow, too. I try to please everyone in everything I do, not doing what I like or what is best for me, but what is best for them, so that they may be saved.

And you should follow my example, just as I follow Christ's." 1 Corinthians 10:31 - 11:1 (TLB)

Wayne Greenawalt is from Illinois. "Follow the Leader" was a favorite childhood game which Wayne played with his sister and cousin. One of them would serve as the leader, while the other two were to mimic the leader's movements. It could be a simple act like touching their toes, or a more challenging one such as throwing a ball through a hoop. The one who could not duplicate the leader's actions would be out. Eventually, they were each eliminated and a new person would serve as leader for the next round.

Following and leading are what servants of Christ are called to do. The apostle Paul sought to faithfully follow Christ. In doing so, he served as an example for others to follow. Jesus Christ calls each one of us to follow him as well. But like the apostle Paul, our aim is not only to follow our Lord faithfully but to lead others to follow him too. As we move through our daily routine at work, at school, or at home, our actions are being viewed and evaluated by others. By living a life that models the life of Christ, we are directing others to an abundant life - a life that has eternal meaning and purpose. So as we "Follow the Leader" we can lead others to follow in the way of discipleship.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to be models of faithful discipleship for all to see, in the name of Christ whom we follow. Amen.

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