“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
John 12:24-26 New International Version (NIV)
As children, sometimes we played Follow the Leader. This game involved lining up behind someone selected to lead us in certain directions or performing certain actions in a similar manner as they were being demonstrated by our "leader." The game could be fun as long as we weren't being led into danger or activities that brought us harm. What we were led to do established our trust in the leader we had chosen. It was at this point in the game, we were to exercise common sense to know the difference.
God has designated a Leader for our lives when we choose and accept Him. His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, has been given all authority in Heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). Our Lord and Savior, who was without sin, gave His life for our sin. He was raised back to life to lead us out of the darkness into the light of everlasting life if we follow Him. Jesus Christ is the way through this world and into eternal life and we have the Holy Spirit to guide us. We have God's Word for instructions. Let us pick up our crosses each day and follow our Leader all the way to the Kingdom of God. The difference between childhood games and following our Leader now is that living in this world is not a game and we have much to lose following anyone else.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 ESV