“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” -Isaiah 42:16
Jesus shows us what it means to truly lead. To truly lead, we need to meet the needs of others. Jesus’ goal was not to glorify himself, it was to bless people. That’s all he did. He went around giving wisdom, healing people, and raising people from the dead. He didn’t go around making people sick and condemning everyone, he was there to bring people to life. Jesus focused on twelve people, not the mobs. Although big crowds would follow him, he’d kind of shoo them away. There was one event in which his crowd was the biggest and he was the most famous he’d ever been, and then he said something crazy. He said unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you’ll have no life in you, and everybody just walked away. All the people were like “this guy is nuts” and walked away.
Then Jesus went to his twelve disciples and he says, “Why haven’t you left?”
They just reply, “We ain’t got no place to go. Yes, everything you said was totally bat crazy, like it was out of this world nuts, but we don’t have anywhere to go, so we’re going to see how this all plays out.”
PRAYER: Thank you, God, for teaching us that we don’t have to be famous. We only have to lead a small amount of people to make a difference.
REFLECTION: Who is part of your twelve?