Following the Leader


There are a number of varieties of an interesting larvae known commonly as Processionally Caterpillars. They received that name because of their tendency to follow the caterpillar in front of it. Many years ago I read of an experiment, where a researcher placed a sample group of these caterpillars on the rim of large flower pot. Researchers then placed pine needles in the center of the circle, out of reach of the caterpillars. The caterpillars proceeded to walk around the rim of the pot for several days until they apparently died of starvation, following the leader who did not find a way to the food only six inches away.

All one caterpillar needed to do was to break rank from the circle and head for the middle. The ones behind him would follow him and they would have food and life.

Stop and take a look over your shoulder a the procession of people behind you. Your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends, your enemies, children at church, your brethren in Christ a new Christians . . . And on and on and on. Likely the are people learning from your influence, some you never imagined would follow you. Where are you leading them?

Paul would remind us, “No one lives to himself.” Rom 14:7. Knowing this, Paul was able to say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Cor 11:1).

Step out and lead others to Life In Christ.

– Scott

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