The best is he who calls men to the best, And those who heed the call are also blessed, But worthless who call not, heednot, but rest.
Your purpose in life is always linked to that of another. You can never fulfill or discover your true identity or purpose in isolation. Followership ignites the process of discovering where we fit in the grand scheme of things. In fact, followership will prepare you for what you have been called to do in the future. If you are sensitive to the process, you will begin to have an inclination of your true identity and purpose in life as you engage in true followership.
There is an interesting story in the scriptures about a young lady called Ruth. She was the daughter in-law of a woman called Naomi. As the story goes, Noami was widowed and had lost two of her sons that were married to Moabite women, one of whom was Ruth. Since she had no more sons to marry them to, Naomi urged her two childless daughter in-laws to return to their land. Naomi planned to return to her home town of Judah. Orpah the other daughter in-law kissed Naomi goodbye and left. But, the scripture says this about Ruth:
“But Ruth replied, don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me. “ [Ruth 1:16-17]
When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her to go. Ruth exhibited followership when it came to her mother in-law Naomi. She yielded her will and emphatically refused to be separated from her mother in-law. As a result of this decision, Ruth went on to follow Naomi back to Judah and subsequently marry Boaz, Naomi’s wealthy relative. The result of the union between Boaz and Ruth was a son by the name of Obed.
Obed became the grandfather of King David of Israel. Ruth’s decision to follow shows that when we follow correctly, we become divinely positioned to live out our purpose, discover our gifts and talents, while reaping an abundance of blessings.
When Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men,” he made this statement to a group of disciples, most of whom were uneducated fishermen. They were good at this profession, but upon following Christ they discovered their true identity as apostles to various parts of the world. Similarly, Paul the apostle who thought his purpose was to uproot Christianity found his true identity once he began to follow Christ. Paul realized his purpose was to preach salvation to the non-Jews, or Gentiles. In keeping with this calling, Paul went on to write two-thirds of the books of the New Testament.
[Except from Discovering Followership: Learn The Secrets Of Walking Behind And Staying Ahead.] So who are you following today? Let me know what you think about this.
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