The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.
Romans 8:14 (NCV)
Webster’s dictionary defines the word “lead” as “to go before and show the way”.
I think I’m a good leader. I like to get ahead of the pack, to pave my own way.
I’m not so much of a follower. I have a difficult time allowing other’s to make the way, to go behind someone and allow them to lead me on a path I may not have chosen to take on my own.
Perhaps another definition might fit this verse better: to draw; to entice; to allure.
Perhaps I define for myself the word “follow” to be a negative. But if I allow God’s Spirit to draw, to entice, to allure me, suddenly this following thing isn’t so much of a chore as it is a choice. Rather than dutifully trudging behind a leader, I am chasing after something with desire, something that has captured not only my heart, but my attention.