Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with sighing—for that would be harmful to you.
In nearly every corner of the globe, there are a group of men and women who bear the brunt of everyones anger. They are those people who are blamed for everything, insulted at every turn, scrutinised for every word or conduct, and yet afterwards, are expected to have a magic hand that sorts everything out. This group of individuals are those we know as leaders.
The circle of operation does not matter: spiritual, political, organisational, family- the expectations of followers remain the same. However, for our reflection today, the spotlight is shifted from those who lead to those who follow. Because the Scriptures today suggest that there is a disposition a follow can adopt which puts them at a disadvantage.
When leaders are tasked with guiding a group of people who trigger groanings and not joy, the people being led are disadvantaged. This might seem as though the leaders aren’t really doing what they are meant to do, but in a very simple sense, leadership and followership act as mirrors for each other.
Enthusiasm, motivation, energy, and information all flow from and to. Knowing ‘how to follow’ is therefore as important as leading from the front. The fact is ‘
And that beloved, is a great disadvantage.
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