Day 17: Leaders Know Whom to Follow

Read: Start by reading John 1:35–37 out loud a few times. 

“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus” (John 1:35–37 NIV).

Meditate:  John the Baptist’s followers had been wise and knew that John was a man worthy of following, but once John pointed out that Jesus was the Lamb of God, they began to follow Jesus instead. One might think that they were just looking for the next best thing, but with careful observation, we can see that they had chosen the two best leaders to follow.

Read John 1:35–37 again.

Following a person can bring heartbreak, especially if that person has a moral flaw, but following Jesus will allow us to be who God created us to be. 

  • Thank God for His precious gift of salvation.
  • Ask God to give you wisdom in knowing whom to choose as friends.
  • Ask God to allow you to develop under His leadership.

 Following a great leader allows you to learn from the best. Many students choose to be interns and give their services to a company where they believe the employees will help them learn skills they need. This same idea goes for apprentices. Historically, apprentices invested their time and learned a trade by serving under skilled artisans.

Jesus taught His followers life skills as well. To Peter and Andrew, Jesus said, “I will send you out to fish for people” (Matthew 4:19). Peter did not know that his remarkable journey following Jesus would cost him his life, and perhaps it’s best that he didn’t know that up front. However, Peter did learn to fish for men. By following Jesus, his life changed from mundane to miraculous. The same awaits each of us if we choose to fully follow Jesus.

Notice: The media point to those they deem worthy to follow. Notice whom you follow. Do these people provide excellent sources of wisdom that draw you closer to a life fully focused on Jesus? Consider those people who follow you. Perhaps they are young believers and look to you to guide them spiritually. How are you intentionally helping each of them grow in Christ? What one step can you take today to help someone grow in his or her Christian walk?

Pray: Each time you pick up an electronic device today, take time to pray first. Ask God to allow you to truly connect with Him. Spend time listening and following as He leads you. Ask God to show you the areas in your life where you are following Him well and the areas in which you need to follow Him more closely.