Bob Rost, Assistant Pastor
Follow the leader, we all played that game growing up, it was fun, and even though we did not realize it at the time, it was teaching us a needed life lesson. Sometimes I was the leader, but more often as not I was a follower. I bet many if not most of us can relate to this; I did not fit into the ideal leader mold. I was introverted, shy, and overweight. I can remember many times trying to figure out where we were going, to what ends the leader was taking me, trying to make sense of the future unknown. Trying to be a good follower, in and out of yards, up and down sidewalks and pathways, but often succumbing to that siren song voice calling out squirrel, causing me to lose focus on the game and focus on the distraction at hand.
God has given His finest creation, the creatures created in His own image, the gift of “Free Will.” The option to choose to follow or to lead is up to our decision, and our use of our discernment. The choice is ours to make, but it is the indwelling Holy Spirit all of God’s adopted children have that help us make the right choice. But to make that right choice we must not only hear the Holy Spirit, but we must also listen to Him. With the Holy Spirit being indwelling we have our own special “GPS,” our God positioning system. As a child of God, we know that Satan and his fallen angels are limited to listen to us and to observe what we do, they cannot share the same space as God, so Satan can only formulate his plans to keep us from God by developing a plan based upon observations, he can not see or know our heart. This is not to say that he can not make educated guesses as to what will tempt us to stray from the perfect path God has prepared for each of His children.