May 17 – Follow The Leader
Scripture Reading: Ruth 3:1-4:22 / John 9:35-10:21 / Psalm 62:1-12
A childhood game we are all familiar with is “Follow the Leader”. We’ve all played the game, mimicking, imitating and following the leader. When the leader hopped, we hopped. When they skipped, we skipped. We would always look for unusual things to do that included going under, over or around obstacles. There was never any “winner” or “loser”, just a “leader” and a “follower”.
I have discovered that adults as well as children play “Follow the Leader”. The adult version does not necessarily include a physical following but there is a great deal of lifestyle, moral and character imitating. The fruit of our lives reflect “who” we are following.
Jesus speaks about a shepherd leading their flock. The sheep will not follow a stranger but will follow their shepherd because they know his voice. They trust the voice of the shepherd because he has never led them astray. He has proven himself to be protective and wards off every attack against them. He provides by leading them to green pastures and quiet waters. The sheep follow His voice.
There are a variety of voices in the world that we can follow. Many people have made life-altering mistakes by following deceptive voices that have led them down destructive pathways. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He does not lead us astray.
He does not abandon His flock but lays down His life for their protection and provision. You can trust Him!
Do you know His voice? Do you spend time with Him, familiarizing yourself with the depth of His love, compassion and care? Take time and let Him speak to you. You can know His voice. Remember, all is well when Jesus is leading… you must just simply follow.
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!