Literally, as a mother, I must lead my children. Everyday, across the street, into the car, through the grocery store, to bedtime, etc. Spiritually, they follow me! They look to my example and how I respond to situations and people. I hope I am leading them in all righteousness and integrity.
In the age of technology, leading and following could be as simple as a twitter account. The world is full of leaders and followers. The more predominant voice sometimes seems to drown out the honest, the genuine, the pure.
Reading the story of Ruth, Ruth’s determination to stay with Naomi shines through. Naomi, the infamous mother-in-law, does not seem to be the star of the story. However, she was the leader of the story! Ruth saw Naomi as a leader and someone worth following in all things. Ruth gave up her own family in order to make a new life in Israel with a bitter and broken Naomi.
“But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you." ~ Ruth 1:16-17
Naomi must have been quite a strong personality. Throughout the story, Naomi instructs Ruth where to go and how to proceed in her relationship with her future husband, Boaz. And Ruth follows. The end result? Ruth and Naomi go from widows without hope or home, to a family and heritage in the line of King David and the future Messiah, Jesus. Naomi led, she was willing to speak and lead her daughter-in-law and Ruth listened and heeded her advice. This is not always a good formula! We often lead and try to control situations in our children’s lives that we should just let go. However, this speaks to Naomi’s commitment and example. She knew God and through her, Ruth knew and experienced the hope and blessing of Christ.
|In the SON-shine|
You see, we are all leaders and we are all followers. The question remains. WHO will you follow? This answers the question of HOW and TO WHOM you will lead. If you follow Jesus, if you are devoted to Him and meditating, singing, recounting His truth, those who follow you will be led to Him, to HOPE.
In Matthew 4: 19-20, Jesus calls out to two fishermen: Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew, “And he said to them, “ 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.' Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
Immediately, they followed Him. And their lives were never the same. They saw wonders, miracles, joy and life restored. They saw lives changed and they saw the Messiah die and rise again. They led thousands to follow Jesus and they even followed Jesus to the death.
Following requires some sacrifice. As a leader, are you willing to follow Jesus in sacrifice? Your kids, your friends will be watching. And they might just follow you, to life. If you won’t lead, they will find someone else to follow, maybe to destruction. Just take a look at the world and its current “twitter” leaders.
Be a leader. Jesus cries out: “Follow Me!”
Jess, the Musing Mama
|These two Follow the Leader|
*Lead and read! Read the Bible to your kids every night. Find ways to sing or say verses. I want to include a kids BOOK Review. If you are scrambling to find good books to read at bedtime or for storytime, this is one of the best! I would read this to children anywhere between the ages of 3 - 8. The concepts are deep and thoughtful, so the older kids would have a good time discussing the Biblical truth presented.
Fool Moon Rising written and illustrated by Kristi and T. Lively Fluharty
In this rhyming short story, a young boy ponders the faulty actions of a foolish moon. This moon pridefully croons his own tunes of praise rather than realizing where his light ultimately comes from. This story sparks spiritual lessons on pride and humility in light of Jesus, the Creator. It also includes marvelous moon facts which show and illustrate the amazing design of our creator.
Enjoy and have fun leading your little ones!