The first time I was asked to lead prayers in Church, I did something very strategic. Since I had not so led prayers and did not know what to do, I simply led as I saw my pastor led. The result was a prayer session that was great and with encouraging response

Friend, the principle of the Kingdom is the principle of following. It is followers that become (John 1:12). One of the reasons God places Kingdom leaders before us is to help model how we are meant to live and what we are meant to do under God. This was why Paul said, “follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Your quality of followership will determine the quality of your manifestation. In motivation science, we were told that imitation is limitation, but in the Kingdom, imitation is not limitation. It is actually the key to transformation and manifestation when correctly done.

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). This was the testimony about the disciples of Jesus. Sometimes you have to be an echo before you can be a voice. John the baptism only became a voice by sounding the voice of Jesus (John 3:27-31).

One of the blessings of following is avoidance (or reduction) of mistakes. People who make avoidable mistakes are often people who have no one to follow. Did you notice that Elisha simply repeated what he saw Elijah did and he got exactly the same result (2 Kings 2:14)? There is no point trying to invent the wheel when you can simply stand on the existing protocol.

Following must be deliberate and intentional. Following must be with commitment. Like Ruth, you must not give in to whatever it is that wants to dissuade you from correct followership (Ruth 1:16). Like Elisha, don’t let people mock what God is using to make you (2 Kings 2:3). Learn to follow the right things in the leader that God has given you to follow (Hebrews 13:7). Imitation is not limitation.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria