“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ ” Mark 1:17
Have you ever tried to follow someone that was very difficult to follow?
When I was attending the seminary I took a job working for a building contractor to help my wife pay living expenses while I was in school. Most days we would work at a single location doing whatever part of the construction work needed to be done that day. But there where some days when one of the crews need additional help to do some particularly difficult task. At these times the crew that was closest to that job site would be called in to assist.
This was before the days of GPS navigation so it was typical for one of the workers to tell the others, that didn’t know the way, to, “Just follow me.”
Well our boss had a habit of not making sure that those who were following him could keep up. He’d abandon them at stop lights. Loose them in traffic. Leave them a stop signs. In his mind it was the followers responsibility to make sure they kept up no matter what.
I, however, believe that when it comes to following, the one leading bears more responsibility than the one following. The leader needs to make sure that they can be followed. Don’t go too fast. Don’t make your path too confusing, if you can help it. Don’t loose sight of your followers. If you break these rules and your followers don’t make it to your goal when you need them to, the fault is almost certainly with the the leader and not the follower.
When Jesus said, “Follow me,” He was committing that he would lead in a way that we could follow. Think about how Jesus led the disciples. Did he ever leave them behind? Never. No matter how slow they followed, Jesus was with them. And he commits to do the same with us. He says, “Lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20.