Following The Wrong Crowd
Follow me (John 21:22).
The story is told of a woman who attended a large funeral at a church one afternoon.
Since she had appointments to make later in the day, she decided not to join the procession to the cemetery but to just go her separate way after the funeral.
After the service, she drove out of the parking lot as planned. However, as she reached the street, the officer directing traffic slapped a sticker on her car and instructed her to put on her headlights. Then he signaled her to fall into line with the other cars going to the cemetery.
She rolled down her window to explain that she wanted to go in the opposite direction, but he had already moved on to the car behind her. It was to late. She was stuck.
Feeling awkward, she had no choice but to follow the long line of cars winding its way to the cemetery. Along the route, she noticed the entrance to a supermarket parking lot. She suddenly had a clever idea, she thought, then she acted upon it. With resolve, she turned into the driveway to pull herself out of the string of cars. At last, she assumed, she was free and could proceed to her appointments.
But to her horror, the entire procession behind her followed into the supermarket parking lot! It took half an hour and two policemen to straighten out the confusion.
Furthermore, she missed all of her appointments because of the delay.
Sometimes for seemingly innocent reasons we allow ourselves to be forced into following the crowd, which may not be the way the Lord wants us to go. When that happens, we must force ourselves to break away from the wrong direction we are going, and proceed on to our God-appointed direction.
The world wants us to go with its flow, which can often seem so reasonable to the natural mind, but we must only flow with the Holy Spirit if we are to live a victorious, fruitful life for our great God and Savior.
We cannot follow the crowds of the world. We must follow Jesus. That way, we will be sure to make all His divine appointments that He has along life's way for us.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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