Follow The Leader
I watched an amusing video clip of a goose chasing an Australian cattle dog around a large boulder. The dog runs around the rock trying to get behind the goose with no success. He then pauses, waiting for the goose to pass him and when that fails, darts around the boulder again while the goose waddles as fast as it can to stay behind the dog.
The reason for this strange parade is that geese, as goslings “imprint” on the first living thing they see after hatching, usually it is another goose but when the eggs are hatched in incubators, it may be a human or another animal. They will follow that individual everywhere as they would their natural parent.
On the other hand, Australian cattle dogs are taught to herd sheep and cattle because of their easy train ability. They control the direction of the flock by staying behind the herd, running back and forth to keep stragglers from wandering away. It would appear that they are following rather than leading but being behind is necessary in order to herd the flock in the right direction. Most persons would rather be leaders.
Leadership seminars are numerous with motivational speakers telling the audience the best way to success. We all have our favorites: Zig Ziglar taught us, “The more grateful you are, the more you will have to be grateful for.” John Maxwell believes that, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” And, Rick Warren said, “You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”
So, what can we learn from these leaders?
These men were followers before they were leaders. They were followers of Jesus. Many of their notable quotes are paraphrasing verses from the Scriptures. One must first be a good follower to attain leadership. That requires trust in the leader, agreement with the purpose, and humility to accept the leader’s methods. Christ, our ultimate Leader, invited many to follow him but chose twelve to train for a special purpose. He still invites his children. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28) Rest for the weary? Who could resist that! And, yet many do. They haven’t caught the vision, don’t know the purpose of the journey and don’t yet trust the Leader.
We followers, training for leadership can teach others by example. Let our lights so shine before men… for the glory of God. The motivational leaders mentioned above have all written books to guide their followers along the way toward worldly success. But we have a manual as well. It’s called The Holy Bible and it reaches far beyond teaching successful living in this world, to give us a glimpse of the ultimate goal, of Life Everlasting.
Even our Savior was a follower before He took His rightful position of leadership. He followed the will of his Father and allowed Himself to be led up Calvary. We are saved because He was an obedient follower. Dare we do less?