Growing up we’re told to be a leader and not a follower. Our parents tried to drill in us the importance of making our own decisions and not to follow the crowd, in hopes that we wouldn’t succumb to peer pressure. Fast-forwarding to adulthood, society encourages us that success is found in leading your own company, being your own boss. Our minds have been trained to think that leading is synonymous with strength, and following is weakness.
Unfortunately, having this mind-set makes it difficult for us to live a fruitful and obedient Christian life. The desire to lead our life and make our own choices goes against the heart of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. When we come to Christ, we are surrendering our lives to Him, telling Him to take control, to lead us. Our surrendering is not just a one-time decision, but as Christians we are to surrender daily, to let Jesus lead, and to follow Him. Submission to Christ is a seemingly impossible feat for the strong, proud, and those who need to have control over every aspect of their lives.
The Bible demonstrates for us what true strength is, submission and serving. For Jesus Himself said that He came not to be served, but to serve. (Matthew 20:28) Jesus humbled Himself and washed His disciple feet. He was always submitting to the authority of His Father, and lived to glorify God. (John 17:4) Likewise, those of us who profess Christ as Savior, must imitate Him. We are to bear His humble spirit, serve one another, become weak and submit to the authority of Jesus, and to the Word of God.
Following Jesus every day is not reserved for some Christians, it’s for all Christians. In fact, it is required, not optional, that every believer let Christ lead their lives. Scripture tells us that “…If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”(Matthew 16:24)