Lead them to Jesus - Daily Bread


When one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal? – 1 Corinthians 3:4-8

Over the years of working with Sports Spectrum magazine, I’ve heard many stories about athletes and the help they receive from spiritual mentors. That relationship is usually helpful, but occasionally it seems that the athlete is not guided toward the true source of divine power.

I interview many athletes who illustrate this point. When I say, "Tell me about your faith," they reply, "Our chaplain really helps us. We know that we can go to him with anything. He is always there for us. We really believe in the chaplain."

I’m glad that the chaplain is there for them, but I’m sad that the name of Jesus is seldom mentioned. It seems that their focus is on the human helper and that their true source of power, Jesus, is being ignored.

We must remember not to let our devotion to a leader replace our devotion to Christ. Paul reminded us that "neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase" (1 Cor. 3:7). Too often, we put our focus on the leader and not on the One the leader is following.

Are you a leader? Teach people to follow the Savior, not you the servant. Are you a follower? Follow only those who point toward Jesus – not themselves. – Dave Branon

They truly lead who lead by love

And humbly serve the Lord;

Their lives will bear the Spirit’s fruit

And magnify His Word. – D. De Haan

READ: 1 Corinthians 3:4-8

Looking for a leader? Follow the Lord.

The Bible in one year:

• Exodus 7-8

• Matthew 15:1-20