Tuesday – October 24, 2017 – Follow the Leader
1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV) Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Paul is one of the most notorious followers of Christ. The difference between him and the original disciples of Jesus is that he was a reluctant follower. He did not believe the claims of Christ and actually persecuted the fledgling church. He did all that he could to bring about its destruction. It took a dramatic, supernatural event to change his mind. Read Acts 9:1-19. Like the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus were knocked to the ground in John 18, Paul too was knocked to the ground. This time, Paul is the one who is arrested by Jesus. Paul was not only knocked to the ground; he was also blinded. It was symbolic that he needed to have new vision. He couldn’t see things in the same old way. He had to have the scales fall from his spiritual eyes in the same way that they fell from his natural eyes.
It is from that dramatic introduction to Jesus where Paul had new vision given to him so that Paul’s life was changed. He went from persecutor of the church to champion of the church. He went from the one persecuting, to the one being persecuted. He went from one following the law to one following grace. As he followed the grace giver, Jesus, he encourages us to follow him as he follows Christ.
He had a new leader and His name was Jesus, the one he would never persecute again.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for Paul who chose to follow Jesus and his exhortation for us to follow his example. Help me to be someone that others will be willing to follow as I follow Christ.
Proverbs 24 | Audio
Don’t envy evil people
or desire their company.
2 For their hearts plot violence,
and their words always stir up trouble.
3 A house is built by wisdom
and becomes strong through good sense.
4 Through knowledge its rooms are filled
with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.
5 The wise are mightier than the strong,[a]
and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.
6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance;
victory depends on having many advisers.
7 Wisdom is too lofty for fools.
Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.
8 A person who plans evil
will get a reputation as a troublemaker.
9 The schemes of a fool are sinful;
everyone detests a mocker.
10 If you fail under pressure,
your strength is too small.
11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
save them as they stagger to their death.
12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.
He who guards your soul knows you knew.
He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
13 My child,[b] eat honey, for it is good,
and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.
14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul.
If you find it, you will have a bright future,
and your hopes will not be cut short.
15 Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly,
and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
don’t be happy when they stumble.
18 For the Lord will be displeased with you
and will turn his anger away from them.
19 Don’t fret because of evildoers;
don’t envy the wicked.
20 For evil people have no future;
the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 My child, fear the Lord and the king.
Don’t associate with rebels,
22 for disaster will hit them suddenly.
Who knows what punishment will come
from the Lord and the king?
23 Here are some further sayings of the wise:
It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.
24 A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.
25 But it will go well for those who convict the guilty;
rich blessings will be showered on them.
26 An honest answer
is like a kiss of friendship.
27 Do your planning and prepare your fields
before building your house.
28 Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;
don’t lie about them.
29 And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me!
I’ll get even with them!”
30 I walked by the field of a lazy person,
the vineyard of one with no common sense.
31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.
It was covered with weeds,
and its walls were broken down.
32 Then, as I looked and thought about it,
I learned this lesson:
33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.