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LEADERSHIP AND FOLLOWERSHIP

Leadership and Followership

Text: Matthew 4: 23-25

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers’ diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

Reflection.

I’ve heard it said by so many people that I want to be famous. In order to gain fame, they commit all manner of crimes and atrocities. To achieve their goals, some people will even kill their beloved or have an affair with anyone. If I were you, I’d prefer to want to be influential over famous. Being famous is only fleeting because your popularity is high right now, but eventually the flame goes out and no one will recognize you any longer, which is frustrating. However, having influence lasts a lifetime. By having influence, you build a legacy that endures after you pass away for generations. In actuality, wanting to leave a legacy before I pass away has always been a driving force for me.

However, the Bible teaches us how Jesus became famous without wanting to be one in the book of Matthew 4:23–25. If you read the verse before our main scripture for today, you’ll notice that Jesus made a lot of sacrifices before He started His ministry, including 40 days of solitude in the wilderness where He prayed and fasted. After that, the devil appeared and tempt him, or rather, I should say, the devil offered him everything, including fame, in exchange for his submission. Jesus was aware of the devil’s plans, but he still said no—a lesson that many of us who crave fame can learn from.

In addition, verse 23 reveals that Jesus travelled throughout Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and curing all manner of illness and disease among the populace. Verse 24 follows verse 23, and it states: “Then His “Fame” went throughout all Syria.”…. wow! The right and proper course of action, I’m certain. To find yourself and your gifts while fasting, praying, and spending time alone, you must want to be well-known in this life. In order to practice and develop your gifts, you must first preach and teach others about them. This is done by assisting them in developing their own gifts. Obviously, you would have support, and your goals would be realized.

To sum up, you should prefer to become a leader rather than continue to be a follower. But in order for you to succeed as a leader, you must first succeed as a follower. WHO ARE YOU FOLLOWING AT THIS MOMENT?

Let me leave you with what my mentor says about Leadership & Followership- Dr. Myles Munroe:

  1. Leadership determines the quality of Followers.
  2. Leadership determines the mentality of Followers.
  3. Leadership determines the Morality of Followers.
  4. Leadership determines the attitude of Followers.
  5. Leadership determines the commitment of Followers.

Consequently, develop into the leader you were created to be. And I would encourage you to follow Jesus’ example in Matthew 4:23 rather than pursuing fame. If you do this, your fame will grow organically.

Prayer.

We learned today that leaders determine the destination of their followers, so dear Lord, please help us to become good followers who desire to become great leaders. Amen. May this come to pass.

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God bless you….

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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