It’s simple to follow the invisible Leader

When the religious roof starts falling miracles happen! Here’s what I mean.

The various forms religious establishment have something in common. They all want to be followed. But Jesus said: “Follow Me.” After Judas caused the roof to fall in and the religious establishment had Jesus executed, He rose, ascended, and returned as the invisible Spirit–“Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Today helping people follow the invisible Leader (the risen Jesus) is simple. It doesn’t require weekly lists of explanations, theology, and steps. Simply identify the Leader. Then step aside and let people open their heart to Him to listen to and obey Him together (instead of following their self-focused desires or fears) as they seek first the kingdom of God and His right living.

Jesus’s teaching about self was simple. He taught deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me. He also said that if we lose our life, we will find it. Self wants to find and maintain comfort. It fears the religious establishment and feels great pressure to conform to its form of godliness that too often ignores the invisible Leader. By setting aside the demands of self, people are empowered to focus on and follow the invisible Leader together.

If you’ve ever played “follow the leader” you get this. It’s so simple that lectures that load people down with instructions are redundant. There’s no need for a lot of verbal directions. It’s hands-on learning. People are taught to play “follow the leader” by getting them started, allowing them to play, and offering caring oversight (like a basketball official) to help keep people focused on the leader.

My heart longs to see pastors and other church leaders begin to allow follow-the-invisible-Leader sessions in their services. That’s what I think awakening might look like in today’s complex context. I can fathom it because I frequently experience follow-the-invisible-Leader sessions with other people where we listen to and obey the living Jesus together. Those sessions are always amazing!

It doesn’t require weekly lectures from a religious “rocket scientist” to follow the invisible Leader–the risen Jesus. It can even be done in groups of two or three. Try it today! The closer I get to Jesus the more I see His light inside me and coming out of other believers.

To learn about
Hanging out
With Him
Will not overcome
Your doubt.

Following the invisible Leader
Gives me a window seat
As I ride planet earth
Through the Universe
So I can watch
The morning light
Replace the darkness
Around me
And give me His hope
To face the day.
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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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