Christ was the perfect leader because he was the perfect follower
In a single day there are thousands of thoughts that leaf through my mind, pages of ideas, possibilities, and actions. I believe there are three main sources for these thoughts 1.) Myself 2.) The adversary 3.) The Holy Spirit.
The battle is always, which thoughts are from which source. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon that teaches how to judge:
“For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.” –Moroni 7:16
Those thoughts are so important; they are the infancy of action and ultimately create what I will do and who I will become. Due to my total freedom to accommodate any of the three “voices” I can really be the master of my fate- to a certain degree. It is in that knowledge that I have come to understand the need to “follow”.
When Jesus Christ was on the earth he led the way, started his church, and atoned for all the sins of mankind. In every instance he remarked that he was doing the “will of him who sent me”; one who was the perfect follower marked the perfect leader, the perfect path. His strength was found in his willingness to obey with exactness the “will” of his Father.
My new years resolution is to follow that same example, to be a leader through being a follower. As I listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, which is with me as a constant, and follow the “still, small” direct….”be kind” “talk to that person” “play with Samuel” “read your scriptures” “don’t eat that chocolate”….I can become more like Jesus Christ, I can become a lamb to his Shepherd.
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