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A scribe approached Him and said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go!”
Each year I lead a group of about 25 college students, and we spend the summer sharing the gospel with nearly 4,000 kids and adults at CentriKid .
Serving as a Camp Director definitely brings its share of challenges. I've led teams through a host of unexpected circumstances: truck fires, equipment loss, tropical storms, flooding, and (sometimes) pure exhaustion. By God's grace, my teams have always rallied and persevered through these "make or break" situations.
Since leadership is so important to my job (and life in general), I'm committed to learning as much as I can about leadership so I can serve and lead others more effectively. One leadership principle I’ve recently learned is that people naturally follow leadersthey respect and are stronger than themselves (Maxwell, location 841).
Today's Scripture passages describe one of the great miracles of Jesus—calming the storm. This miracle is significant because it demonstrates Jesus' power over creation, and it shows that e’s omnipotent, or all-powerful.
From Psalms 65 and 89 it is clear that only God has power over creation, and omnipotence is a quality that only possesses (Cox and Easley 87). Jesus' miracle of calming the storm, then, shows that truly is God.
The disciples were with Jesus and witnessed this powerful miracle were astounded, and they asked this question, "Who can this be? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey Him!" (Luke 8:25).
The answer to this question is simple. Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God. All things were created by , through , and for , and by all things hold together (Col. 1). Simply put, Jesus is God.
Since Jesus is God, He’s certainly worthy of our highest respect. In fact, He’s worthy of our reverence and (healthy) fear. Since Jesus is God, there’s no one more powerful or stronger than . It follows, then, that there’s no one more qualified to lead us than Jesus, and so comes the question, "Who will you follow?"
Can you truthfully say, as the scribe does, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go"? If not, what steps do you need to take to follow Jesus today?
Cox, Steven L. and Kendell H. Easley. Harmony of the Gospels. Nashville, TN: Holman, 2007.
Maxwell, John. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Kindle ed. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007.
- From today's passages, we've already seen that Jesus is fully God. Re-read the passages. What clues also demonstrate that Jesus was also fully human?
- If you profess to follow Christ, like the scribe, and you claim to submit to leadership, do your actions and your life match up with this profession?
- Jesus rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith. What are some situations or times when you are prone to display a lack of faith? What actions can you take to live more faithfully?