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Follow the Leader

Have you ever looked up to someone? Maybe it was someone who had it all together and never seemed to mess up. Maybe it was someone who seemed to have all the answers, patience and success you craved.  Maybe it was someone you wanted to be like when you got older. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: That someone is not perfect. 

1 Corinthians 4 opens with the apostle Paul trying to fix a growing argument among the Corinthians. They were so focused on how great the apostles were that they had begun forming cliques, following the teacher they liked most and trying to be like those leaders. They were arguing about which leader was best and missing the point. Paul warned the Corinthians to not view him or the apostles as something they were not. They were leaders, but they were not God.

We don’t follow leaders because they are perfect. We follow leaders because they know how to get to where we want to go. Just like a tour guide knows the way around New York City, a leader has knowledge that can help us grow in our relationship with God. But, just as Paul warned the Corinthians, we have to be careful not to replace God with our leaders. When we rely on the leaders we admire more than we rely on God, we stop following them and start worshipping them. Paul wanted to make sure the people knew only God was powerful enough to deserve their worship. Make sure you don’t replace God with the leaders in your life. Follow the leader, but worship God.

Reflect:

  • Are you relying on God to make decisions in your life?
  • How can you encourage the leaders in your life?

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