Earlier this week I was at our local high school while the marching band was practicing. At one point, the director said “Trumpet number one you took one too many steps there. When you do it wrong everyone following you also does it wrong.” This got me thinking about the leaders that we follow in our spiritual walks. The Bible tells us:
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith (Hebrews 13:7).
If we are imitating the faith of leaders who themselves are not faithful to both God and the Scriptures, then we too can be led astray. Our leaders should be exemplary in both their doctrine and their lives. If they are chasing their own visions, rejecting the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Scripture, and embracing lives of sin then we too will likely be led astray.
And for those who are called to be leaders within God’s church, the book of Hebrews warns that you will have to give account for those placed under your care:
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account (Hebrews 13:17).
So choose your leaders wisely and continuously examine their teachings and lives against the Scripture. But once you have chosen, obey them and imitate their faith. We are not called to blaze our own paths, but follow the well-trodden path of faith that was handed down once for all to the saints.