Jesus Christ spent a great portion of His ministry raising followers because He understood the power of followership and the influence His followers would have. He realized that in the short period of time he had to be on earth, He would not be able to reach the entire world.
So, He raised a group of “followers” who would follow after His departure, to influence the world. Jesus understood that if he developed mature followers, His followers would have the ability to expand on the foundations He laid.
That is why Christ said,
“Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” [John 14:12]
Greater works are reserved for those who believe and follow Him. For example, Joshua entered the Promised Land while Moses did not. David killed Goliath and reigned successfully over Israel. Solomon built the temple of God, David did not. Elisha had a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. The disciples were able to preach to more cities and reach more people geographically than Jesus did while he was on earth.
Another time, Jesus says to his disciples,
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. “[Acts 1:8]
As a result, the act of followership on the part of these one hundred and twenty followers of Christ resulted in the gospel spreading beyond the Jewish nation into other parts of the world. This great triumph is the result of a bunch of men and women deciding to follow the words of Christ even when it put their lives at risk.
If we are going to work in supernatural influence in our world—if we are going to be a compelling force like the apostles of old—then we need to revisit followership. We need to become completely sold out to God’s ways. This means we need to make following God and knowing Him intimately our priority.
The secret of great influence for the kingdom is in following the greatest “influencer,” God Himself. Once you submit to God’s influence, you will do exploits for Him.
“And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].” [Daniel 11:32]
~Except from Chapter 9 of my book Discovering Followership