I am grateful for what the Lord has done in our midst this year and I am grateful for all of those who have responded to His call to make possible the advancements that have taken place. It is a profound joy to be with the people of God on mission.
In all three synoptic gospels Jesus’ calling of the tax collector to follow Him is recorded. There are no pre-requisites, there are no pre-conditions, there are no hidden agendas or expectations; rather there is a simple call to follow Jesus. The apostle Paul echos Jesus’ call in his letter to the Corinthian church when he says “follow my example as I follow Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). Yet, follower-ship is under valued, misunderstood, even destained.
Much is made of the concept and the role of leadership. The word itself is held up within our community as a preeminent characteristic that all are to aspire to exhibit. Many books have been written on the subject and training courses that are centred on developing it within people abound. Yet, our Lord did not call us to “lead”, no He called us to follow. I confess that after a career in the military during which I served in many different leadership capacities that follower-ship has become quite difficult. Fortunately, the Lord is patient and He is persistent in the application of His teaching-training; I believe that I am learning to be a better follower. My apprenticeship in follower-ship has been advanced this past year principally by those with whom I have served in the varied MCF ministry activities and for whom I am grateful.
Next week we celebrate the anniversary of Jesus’s birth with fellow followers. I recommend to us all that as we come together that we seek to learn from each others stories of follower-ship. That we reflect upon those experiences so as to be inspired into deeper levels of following for the coming year and wonder at what Jesus is doing in our midst.
Hope, peace, joy, love.