Leaders and followers have two entirely different mindsets. This is a fact of life that we all instinctively know. Alpha dogs are the movers in shakers in society. They are people like President Trump, Hillary Clinton, or the president of the student council. Those of us who know we are followers, and more comfortable with following the leader, cannot believe the Word of God is telling the truth when it says “Go, stand, and speak.” Our head says the Word is telling the truth, but our heart says, “it doesn’t apply to me!” This is the battle we all face, when we are followers.
On the other hand, the leader is sure and confident in all they do. They have a “Git ‘er done” attitude. They can see the goal and have trouble overcoming the obstacles that are between the present situation and the goal. The leader sees the result long before anyone else. They are natural creators, they are just like God, they bring to pass the impossible just by their ability to visualize the dream. They can smell victory. They can taste it. Victory is always just the next move away until all at once, they achieve it. They are living the promise of Genesis 3: 5.
“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The leaders of the world, know good and evil in all they do. But “good and evil” in the sense of leadership is really a question of what’s best to achieve the goal. Do they have to know everything about the quest for achievement? Not at all. It’s a matter of knowing their limits, that is knowing when they need assistance. The leader is a person that isn’t afraid of asking for help. They are team organizers and motivators. They are naturally born to excel in the task of delegation and recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of the people around them. But in the course of the recognition, realizing that every person on the team is important for the role or function they bring to the table. They know how to pull together the followers in the team and bring out their very best.
In fact, they can delegate functions that are necessary to achieve the current goals for the team, and present them in such a way that the followers in the organization will function as leaders within their respective role or department. This is how a leader is able to bring out the best in everyone. This is the way businesses are able to build a strong economy for everyone to enjoy. This is how inventors are able to get an entire team of people on board to improve by refining a good idea and make it better. The followers are functioning as leaders without realizing it and everyone benefits in the process.
The leader has learned or simply knows how to delegate authority and an entire organization is built to accomplish the goals and desires of the leader. The whole team is composed of leaders and followers that are functioning as leaders. Only the entry level people are the true and confined followers. In every other level, the followers of the leader, also act as leaders of teams, working to achieve a stated goal. If you still think that you are only a follower but you are also involved at work or at church in a team to complete a function or job, you are also a leader.
Guess what, there is no shortage of jobs for a leader to accomplish. As long as you are working to solve a problem by testing different ideas, you are a leader. If you are leading a group of people to do something, anything, then you are in authority, you are the leader. Are you a teacher? You are the authority for your students to emulate. They look up to you. You are their leader. Do you have any children of your own? Whether you want to believe it or not, they pay attention to everything you do. Whether you’re a good or bad example makes no difference to your children. They look up to you because they love you. Your authority comes out of experience and love.
So no matter where you live or what you do, you are both leading and being led. You are a follower as well as a leader. In school, I was taught that the best leaders are great followers. This was never meant to be justification to keep followers firmly entrenched with a servant mindset. It was meant to show that good servants build a heart and attitude of compassion that should follow them all through life. The servant who rises up to lead, should have the humility to remember the challenges that were part of serving.
They should realize that nobody is really only a follower. Just as they should know that nobody is really just a leader. The whole world wants to group Christians into the servant/follower group. The world can’t allow a Christian to lead, because a Christian should obey the law of love and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The world cannot allow Jesus remain the standard of cultural morals because He would prove the folly of self absorbed, unbridled, ego. The freedom to do anything that comes to mind without a thread of restraint or moral decency is really not freedom. To rebel against God, ultimately leads to rebellion against liberty with moral freedom. It leads to total anarchy.
When two packs of wolves meet in the wild. A territorial battle will always follow. Ultimately, the two alpha dogs will meet and fight. Many times, the fight ends with total annihilation. Two will enter the match, only one will come out. The world is no different. Only the world is at war against the God of truth, love, and deliverance through Jesus Christ. It has always been at war against God.
If you call Jesus Christ your Lord, He knows what it means to be in subjection to both good and bad leaders. He also led a rag tag group of followers. These followers became the first leaders of the Christian church. They accomplished spreading the Gospel of salvation and teaching the walk of the spirit to the whole world in just a few short years. They began just like we begin. They learned how to recognize God’s voice. Then they learned the benefits of obeying God’s voice. They learned that God’s voice was just as true as the written Word. Armed with this knowledge, these followers of Jesus Christ became the leaders of a cultural revolution that turned the pagan world into a Christian society.
The goal of this blog is to remind every Christian follower of Jesus Christ the truth of our relationship with God once again. We are most certainly the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can once again learn to recognize God’s voice. As we recognize God’s voice, we can also learn that it’s beneficial to obey that voice. We can also learn today that God’s voice is just as true as the written Word. We can learn today to walk in faith just as the apostles and disciples of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. Then we will become the cultural leaders that can restore God’s authority to our world today. Jesus charged His followers to make disciples of all nations in Matthew 28: 19.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Either His charge is possible, or He gave us an impossible mission. As a loving Lord that demonstrated a loving God, it would be ludicrous to believe that this verse is impossible. He has called His followers to become the leaders of the world with this single command. And if you call Jesus your Lord, then you are a leader of the world, a Radical Christian, and can truly defeat the most radical liberal at their own game. Click the link below to get the book that will outline the methods that will overturn the tactics of Saul Alinsky and the Liberal left.