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Lead, Follow, or Get Out of The Way!

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of The Way!

For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient - in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God... Romans 15:18-19 (NKJV)

There is a phrase that says, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way!"  And I believe that there is a time for all of them in our lives as Christians. It is imperative to know which one to do, and to do them properly.  Let's take a look at what I mean.  We will start with the first part of the phrase, which is to "lead."

To lead means to show the way by going ahead - to escort, or to direct someone or something.  It is Jesus' leading that we are to seek, and it is His life that we are to imitate (See Eph. 5:1).  We may not feel like we are leaders, nor may we seek to lead anyone, but we are.  People are watching our decisions - how we talk, what we say, what we do in certain situations, etc.

We can either lead them to a life in Christ, and to live in a Christ-like way, or we can lead them to stumble by saying we believe in Christ, but still deny His ways while choosing to do as we feel instead.  A leader can either be a guide to safety, or a guide to trouble.

We can see the implications of following poor leadership instead of God's leading in His Word.

Thus says the LORD:  "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have despised the law of the LORD, And have not kept His commandments.  Their lies lead them astray, Lies which their fathers followed. Amos 2:4 (NKJV)

God was angry because those in Judah had not put their faith in God nor followed His Word, but had instead worshipped and put their faith into the false gods of this world, which led them to follow after the cultural lies of false religion.  We see the same thing today as people reject Christ and cling to their possessions or positions - seeking pleasure and security in the temporary fodder of this world, and by following the lies of the false religions their fathers followed.

Let's look at the next part of the phrase, "Lead follow, or get out of the way," which is to follow.  As Christians, we are first and foremost to be followers of Jesus - disciples

When making the decision to follow Christ, it will mean lying down or denying many of the desires from within our flesh, and this is exactly what Jesus required of His followers.  We can see Jesus speaking of this in the Book of Luke.

Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Luke 9:23 (NKJV)

Okay, so let's take a look at the last part of our phrase, that part that says, "Get out of the way." 

I like this one very much because it is something that we ALL need to do.  Let me explain.  God wants to do a mighty work on me, in me, and through me.  And the only thing stopping Him is "me."  It's true we are own worst enemies.  It's like we are little kids telling our dad, "No don't help me, I can do this on my own."  And somehow we actually believe this, and as a result we usually fail miserably.  We need to ask ourselves these questions:

Q:    Why wouldn't we allow God to help us with everything?
Q:    Why wouldn't we want the God who created the universe as well as everything in it to empower us to do amazing things?

I cannot answer this with anything other than it is out of ignorance.  We either don't know what we are doing, or we do know, and yet, selfishly, stubbornly, and pridefully choose to continue doing it, expecting some different result at some point.  Either way, it's not good.  I need to interject at this point by first saying; I believe I have done enough to achieve a Masters degree in Ignorance.  I find each day as I come closer in my walk with God, I am seeing the poor choices more clearly and I am just now beginning to allow Him to help me and to do those things He desires.

I desire to let God do amazing things in my life.  I truly want to see lives impacted in a positive way through my actions.  I hope to be one who leads by example.  I choose to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. I guess what I am saying is, "I am willing to get out of the way" so God can do this, because without Him, I can do nothing.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today in your Christian walk; to lead others to God by example; to follow the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind, and to get out of the way of the Holy Spirit, and let Him do all He wants on you, in you and through you.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our leading, following, and getting out of the way?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being a godly leader?  Are you being a follower of Jesus Christ - imitating Him?  Are you allowing God to flow through you with His power, or are you hindering what He wants to do by having unconfessed sin in your life?

APPLICATION: Let's look to God for every decision that we make.  Let's follow Him and His Word and not make choices based solely on how we feel about something.  Let's allow God to do what He desires through us by asking Him to do what He wills and asking for forgiveness of sins.

Father, Thank You for doing that work on me, in me, and through me.  Thank You for leading me so that I can properly follow.  Thank You for showing me the areas where I need to get out of the way as well.  Lord, help me to continue to see any area where I am impeding the power of Your Spirit in my life.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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