I recently spent a week dogsitting Lilly, an English pointer, who loves to play ball. Pointers replaced greyhounds in England in the 1700’s due to their skill in hunting and tracking. Their ancestry is thought to include bloodhound, foxhound and greyhound. Whatever Lilly’s heritage, she is a wonderful tracker.
Lilly drops the ball in front of you, anticipating your next move. She stares intently at the ball, resembling a worried old man. As your release the ball, Lilly starts running. On the off chance she doesn’t catch it in the air, she quickly retrieves the ball and has it back at your feet, watching you with her fixed stare. A few times she has had to follow her nose to track the ball but she always finishes her task and is ready to start over in whatever direction you send her. Lilly is focused on following.
Unlike Lilly, I get sidetracked too often. I sit down to read my bible and something I have to do pops in my head and off I go. Soon it is bedtime and I realize that I have not been focused on following Jesus. I am not studying him in his word and speaking to him in prayer to find out what the next move is that I am to follow. II Timothy 2:15 tells us to, “Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
I need to focus on my master, to watch him and know him so I can hear his voice. John 10:27 states, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me”. The more I focus on Jesus the better follower I am.
To follow means to go or come after a person or thing proceeding ahead. Jesus is our head. We are told in Colossians 1:18, “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy”.
Is Jesus your leader? Are you his follower? Jesus reigns supreme and he has won the victory over sin and death. He wants to lead you to his heavenly kingdom and in paths of righteousness. Focus on him and his word today that you might excel at following the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.