“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)
"Follow Me," Jesus said. Those are the words of a true leader; someone who knows who He is, and were He is going. Someone who knows what you are longing for, and what it takes to get you there.
The Message translates it this way, “Anyone who intends to come with Me has to let Me lead.” Leadership is both defined and demonstrated by the activity of leading. But it also requires that followers -- follow. Jesus asked, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’ but do not do the things which I say?”
Leadership is not a title, not a position, not a posture -- it is an activity.
Leaders lead -- because they know the way, and they possess the courage and capabilities of carrying those who will follow them. However, the followers must indeed follow.
Jesus concluded his discourse by saying, “If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you will be even a greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when He arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of holy angels.” (vs.38).
Fickle and unfocused friends. This is apt description of anyone who would in any way cause you to compromise your commitment to follow Jesus Christ. And, should you do so, then it very well may become the way you yourself are described when all is said and done! Yikes!!
Don’t be fickle and unfocused; follow the Leader! His name is Jesus Christ! He is the One Leader you can always follow.