Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way

The origin of the quote ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way’ is difficult to pinpoint. Some give General Patton the credit. People can’t seem to agree on that. It’s a line even my Granny might have said. She never put up with any nonsense.

In fact, it’s quite possible that Jesus used it first. Look at these verses.

He then began explaining things to them: “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.” He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.

But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.”

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? (Mark 8:30-37, MSG)

So where are we in this picture? Are we in the way when Christ is trying to do something? Do we pray contrary to his will? Do we try to lead when he wants us to follow?

Prayer – Lord, if we aren’t following, may we at least get out of the way of those who are. Amen

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