You’re driving down the road and following the car in front of you too close. The front driver stops suddenly and you can’t stop. Bummer. He stops to park and you stop in time but now you’re up against him and you can’t get around. The truck you’re following loses part of the load and you don’t have time to swerve. There is a big pot hole in the road but you can’t see it because you’re too close to the car in front. These are all lessons that we learned when we learned to drive. Unfortunately we don’t always remember and we face one of these scenarios.
The same thing happens spiritually. We get attracted to a leader, a speaker, writer or mentor and we begin following too close. We can’t see when he or she has taken a wrong turn and the signs are blocked because we were too close. The leader makes a sudden stop and we crash or become disabled in a dead lane.
Following a leader can bear fruit in your life. You can pick up lifestyle, knowledge and giftings but you can also pick up bad traits. You may be drafting a truck to improve fuel efficiency but if it has snow on top of the trailer you’re going to get nailed when it flies off.
But trucks aren’t supposed to have snow on the roof. Leaders aren’t supposed to have junk in their lives. In a perfect world both of those statements are true. Unfortunately, we’re not perfect. None of us. It doesn’t matter if you’re following Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer or your pastor. All leaders fail – just don’t be so close that you crash.
There’s only One who is worthy of following.
1 Corinthians 1:11-13 (NIV)
11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[a]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?