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Summary: Follow the Leader is an old familiar child's game from which we can learn some spiritual truths. Who are you really following? Updated February 2018.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scriptures read prior the the Sermon. Today's assigned Scriptures are: Genesis 9:8-17 ; Psalm 25:1-9 ; 1 Peter 3:18-22 ; Mark 1:9-15

Follow the Leader ...is an old familiar...... children's game.

I am sure... that we can... all recall memories... of following each other... in a line ......around a room or a playground, ...jumping over this, ...skipping around that, ...and watching intently ...to be sure we followed the leader ...precisely.

We might have played this game ...just for fun ... or ...someone might have used the game... to teach us... the role ...of a good ... follower.

In these days of Lent, ...I invite us all...to think about our role ...as followers.

In recent months ...we have moved ...from the anticipation ...of the birth of the Christ child ...to the knowledge... of Jesus ministry.

And in these weeks of Lent, ...through the Scriptures...we...will watch and follow our Lord... as he walks to Jerusalem ... on to Golgotha... and then ...to the Cross.

Beloved ... Jesus is clear Crystal clear

BIBLE He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34)

Jesus goes on to share an eternal truth in Matthews Gospel that is difficult for many to hear and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. END (Matthew 10:38)

Following Jesus ... Following the one we call Savior & Lord is a requirement of Discipleship.

16 times ... in Matthew and Mark alone ... we hear the words Follow ... in reference to Jesus.

And whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

So, ... What does it mean... for us ...to follow... Jesus?

During Lent, ...we are called ... to face ... our ...true nature.

Our own ...true, ...yearning, ... needy nature ... as it is laid bare ...before us ...to examine.

It is not a time... for self-loathing ...or wallowing ...in self-pity.

It is a time ... of being honest, ...a time ...to look at ......our whole self ... body ... soul ... and Spirit.

A time for us to examine ourselves ... and see ...where there is room ... for God's grace ...where we may need to yield... to His Lordship.

This self-reflection ...is not easy... but it is necessary.

It is necessary... so that we may continue to be conformed into ... the image of Christ.

So, that we may reflect the image ... of Christ.

This reflection should be an ongoing process... but is emphasized by the Church ...during these 40 days.

Where Jesus leads ...we are called...to ... follow.

We are to follow...not sit back ... and mindlessly flip through channels ...of a stagnant ......spiritual life.

We are called into relationship ... relationship with the one we call... Lord.

And solid relationship ...requires... participation ...by both parties.

So Beloved... let us reverently follow Jesus...our Leader... into these days of Lent.

Let us examine once again ourselves, ... to look into life's mirror, ...to be honest with God, ... to seek the things that distract us... from God's ......kingdom work.

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Toby Austin

commented on Feb 19, 2016

Jeff, Thank you for taking the time to share. Your messages are helpful and appreciated. Peace and blessings

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Feb 21, 2016

Thank-you for your kind words and taking time to share your thoughts. Blessings Always Jeff

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