There are people following you. You are leading them somewhere.

You’ve probably heard those words before. You’ve probably denied that they are true, even though you know otherwise.

Whether we like it or not, whether we want it or not, there are people following us and we are leading them somewhere.

The only question that remains is, where are we leading them?

Proverbs 12:26–”The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

According to this verse, there are only two types of leaders: righteous and wicked. We don’t like to think in those terms, since we want to believe everyone is basically good. God doesn’t see it this way. In his eyes, we are either righteous based on faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, or we are wicked because of our unbelief in him.

Additionally, there are only two paths leaders walk: one that leads straight and one that leads astray, one that leads to Jesus and one that doesn’t.

Some basic leadership truths can help us here:

Wherever I am going, that’s where I’m taking people.

Whoever I am, that’s who I’m encouraging people to be.

Whatever I do, that’s what I’m giving people permission to repeat.

Wherever I go, there I am. Ultimately, this is what will drive all of our leadership. Who we are. If I possess the righteousness of Christ through faith, I will lead from that point of strength and toward that end. If not, much to my dismay, the Bible calls me a “wicked” leader because I do not believe and am not leading toward Jesus. Hard truth, but still truth.

There are people following us and we are leading them somewhere. Let’s lead them to Jesus.

Lord Jesus, I come to you in faith to receive your forgiveness and righteousness. Lead me as I lead others toward you. Amen.