You cannot separate effective followership from sacrifice. If you follow effectively, there will be moments where you will be required to sacrifice something for the person, ideal or vision you are following. There is an interesting story in the scriptures about King David that encapsulates this thought. It goes like this:
David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But, he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD. “God forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it. (2 Samuel 23:15-17)
I get chills reading this story! These men were willing to put their lives at risk for the sake of their leader. Though in modern society, these attributes are not often exalted, followers who have this characteristic will go far in life. Jesus Christ also sacrificed his life for the sake of the Father’s cause. He willingly gave up His life.
Followership involves a lot of sacrifices. Those that will taste the fruits of followership will have to drink from the cup of sacrifice.There is no way around it, what you are willing to sacrifice will determine your success as a follower.
I have seen this characteristic in my pastor who sacrifices his time, money and effort just so that he can connect to a mentor or leader that he is following. I see him grow exponentially from those things for which he sacrifices.
The preacher and motivational speaker Mike Murdock said that “the evidence of desire is pursuit.” How far are you willing to go? Jesus’ disciples said to Him
“We have left all we had to follow you. ” Luke 18:28
In other words, they had sacrificed all; they had left career, house, and family to follow the Master. The good thing is that such sacrifices are always rewarded. Though the sacrifices of your money, time, and flesh are not easy, the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice.
Except from the book Discovering Followership by Omokhai Imoukhuede
Decision for today: Lord help me to put others first. I will be more engaged as I an sacrificial as I follow you.
Question for today: In what areas of my life can I be more sacrificial?