When I was a Youth Pastor, we would make a hay maze every year in a local farmer’s barn. We made paths through the hay bales that led to a destination where hot chocolate and snacks were waiting. It was interesting to see how the teams worked. We sent people through in groups of four and timed each group, giving a prize to the quickest team to make it through. After years of experience, these teams would get their heads together before entering, working on their strategy for success. Most times, one person became the leader and would be the person making decisions for the rest of the group. It was tough because it was totally dark in the tunnel and the leader was given multiple choices throughout the maze. One wrong choice could lead them to a dead end, and ultimately, defeat.
In the Christian life we have a Leader Who can see through any difficulty that might confront us in life and ministry. Jesus Christ led by example and encouraged us to do the same. His example was humility. After eating His last meal (with His disciples before the crucifixion) Jesus wrapped the clothing of a servant around Him, and took and towel to wash the feet of the disciples. As He made His way around the room, it fell silent. The disciples watched as the King of all kings humiliated Himself and became the servant of all of them. Jesus, after finishing the washing, said, ‘If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15).
If you are not careful, you might find yourself following the CEO of your company today. You might find that you have begun to view the people around you like resources that you can use to advance your plan. You might even follow one of the many millionaire athletes that are playing sports today. You follow their lead in what you wear, how you talk, and in your attitude toward others. You might follow a favorite actor/actress that you have admired in a movie recently. The things they wear, the way they cut their hair, etc. are copied completely by you.
Whose example are you following today. Will you follow someone from this world into a dead end in life? Or, will you follow Jesus Christ and serve others for the glory of God? Jesus laid out a plan for living that He wants each of us to follow. He is still inviting you today to “Follow Me.” Get in line and stay on course!
“People are more impressed by behavior than beliefs.” – Unknown