We love our boxes don’t we?
We go to THIS church, with THIS pastor. We listen to THIS preacher and make sure that everything we do and believe lines up with THEIR teaching.
Unfortunately, we can limit the opportunities for God to speak to us in different ways and through different means.
God’s Word tells us that He used men, angels, chickens and even donkeys to speak to us! So often we get caught up following a leader and filter everything through him instead of God’s Word.
1 Cor 1:10-13 NIV
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul;” another, “I follow Apollos;” another, “I follow Cephas;” still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?
Paul knew that for us to follow after any one person was dangerous, and he was a mature enough believer to correct those who did. Our identity as Christians should first be with Christ and not the name of a certain group or church.
There is a danger in making people dependent on their leaders. Sometimes Christians become passive in their own spiritual growth. They wait for others to show them how to live, or mindlessly follow their leaders in hopes that they’re getting it right. By doing this, they miss so much of what God wants for us…a relationship with Him.
Jesus wants this relationship with you and He wants you to be an active part in that process.
Jesus is the way to the Father. As you press in to know Him and depend on His power, you’ll discover how to live in the fullness of His life. Yes, He’ll often use other people to encourage or equip you in that process, but the people He uses won’t let you grow dependent on them. Healthy leaders would never get between you and the greatest joy of a growing relationship with the Father himself.
I am not saying you should run here and there grasping for truth. Jesus IS the truth. We need to use discernment when we learn about God’s Word from others. Jesus was the greatest Teacher, but He left us His Word and the Holy Spirit to pick up where He left off.
John 14:25-26 NIV
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
I’ve written this as a “follower” but now let me address it as a “leader.”
Iron sharpens iron and we need each other! But don’t let that need become what it was never meant to be. Depend on the Lord and help others to depend on Him too.
We don’t heal, we point to the Healer.
We don’t save, we show them a Savior.
We don’t have the power…but we know the One that does!
Keep being a conduit for Him!