They flagged me down because I had our three huskies out on a run. They didn’t know what to do. There was a husky that was loose just up ahead. They made the assumption that because I had huskies I would know what to do.
Our huskies have escaped our yard on multiple occasions. One time our huskies escaped and managed to run 5 miles in 20 minutes. My wife and I have a heart for huskies on their “freedom run.”
My three huskies and I approached the escaped dog carefully, but he was unsure of us. Knowing that everything is a game for huskies I thought if we just ran home he would follow us.
Sure enough, he did. We were able to contact the owner and they were reunited later that day.
Who Are You Following?
The dog followed us home because we were exciting. He didn’t know anything else about us. He was caught up in the frenzy and came running.
Are you careful about who you follow? It’s easy to get lost in the crowd and follow people out of excitement without knowing what they believe. Is the loudest voice winning? Do they have your best interest in mind or are they using you as a means to an end?
There is one person you can follow who will never fail you.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”” (John 10:27–30, ESV)
Find people who love Jesus. People can fake it for a season, but over time you will be able to identify who they are truly following. Seek out people who are following Jesus with their whole life, not just using words.
Who are you following?
Who is Following You?
The people who flagged me down made an assumption that I could help because I had huskies. But they didn’t know anything else about me.
Where are you leading people? It might not feel like it, but people are following you. They are watching what you do, how you react, what you are vocal about. They are seeing your faithfulness or your faithlessness. Be mindful of where you are leading them. Are you leading them to life or destruction?
There is one person you can lead people to who will never fail them.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1, ESV)
Often times people know more about our hobbies and political affiliations then they know about our hope. Are you following Jesus in such a way that of people follow you they will find Jesus?
Who are you leading people to?