“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”
People often misunderstand this statement. We were all born to lead. But sometimes to be in a place of leadership, it requires submission. A leader cannot lead if he/she has not mastered the ways of a leader.
As children of God, we fall short, because many of us are fond of using this statement ” you were born to be a leader and not a follower” yes, the statement is true. But you can’t be a leader without being a follower.
We should remember before we came into this world, there were people before us, wise men and women. You can’t go through knowing it all. Before you get to your appointed place, God has positioned certain people in your life to teach and guide through your divine calling and life.
Sometimes you must be a follower to attain to leadership. To acquire knowledge; you need to read books, watch videos, listen to audios of people that have been there before you. Listen to their advice and instructions as the Spirit leads. Often times, all these knowledge is given to us freely, so we won’t make same mistakes as they did. Those messages are here to guide and direct us.
However, our God has positioned great men and women to guide us through this journey of our divine calling. It doesn’t mean you must follow their ways, but understand the words of God been taught.
A follower learns from the mistakes of others. They are trained to work on their weakness, especially the ones which might hinder God’s calling upon their lives. Every so often, the reason why most ministers do not progress in their calling is because they believe they are leaders, but a leader cannot lead without the spirit of obedience and humility.
Leadership requires understanding, obedience, humility, patience and love. It’s imperative as children of God for us to remove this prideful mentality. We need to learn from our elders or those before us in the things of God and in life. There is time to be a leader and a follower.Learn to develop the attributes of leadership when you are a follower. It increases growth, success, patience, love and helping heart.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”
Every leader was once a follower. They didn’t get to their divine calling and destiny without the teachings of others. Sometimes, in order to acquire knowledge, you must act as a fool. Greatness is achieved through humility. Be submissive and follow instructions. Don’t be proud.
I pray God will make us great leaders by been followers in JESUS Name. Amen.