1 Samuel 14:6-7
Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder theLord from saving, whether by many or by few.”
“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”
Does your leader know you’re with him heart and soul?
If he doesn’t, you are crippling his ability to lead.
Whether it’s your father, your husband, your boss, your preacher, your teacher or your president, you’re following someone. When I was in high school, I couldn’t wait to graduate so that I didn’t have to follow anyone. Then I couldn’t wait to graduate college, then I needed a promotion, then I wanted to start my own organization from scratch. All in the pursuit of being the “leader” and having total freedom.
And what I discovered is this… No matter how old I get or how far I travel, there’s always someone to follow.
And that person’s ability to lead is defined by my decision to follow…
- If I follow unwillingly, dragging my heels, then I force him to lead angrily, asserting his dominance and fighting my will.
- If I follow selfishly, trying to carve out my own niche, then I force him to lead nervously, always looking over his shoulder.
- But if I follow selflessly, with my heart and soul and everything I’ve got devoted to the cause, then I release him to lead boldly and with confidence, forging ahead into the thick of the battle.
Who are you following? This week, choose make him a better leader by you becoming a better follower.