Posted by Forrest Parkinson

Q 82

(part 1… to be continued)
Followership

Jesus said to his followers
“you have stayed close to me
through all my trials.
You will eat and drink with me
In the realm of God.”
Borg-Powelson-Riegert Reconstruction (1996)

Matthew 19:28 (NRSV)
http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=231047429
Jesus said to them,
‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things,
when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory,
you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:28-30 (NRSV)
http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=231047390
‘You are those who have stood by me in my trials;
and I confer on you,
just as my Father has conferred on me,
a kingdom,
so that you may eat and drink
at my table in my kingdom,
and you will sit on thrones
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Dear Jesus Way Friends

Are you a leader or a follower?

In my upbringing, being a “follower” was bad and being a “leader” was good.  In introductions a scientist is complimented as being “a leader in her field” but what about the scientist who “devoted his lab and career to the replication of significant studies to forward good science?” I’ve never heard such praise. Yet without the latter, the former has neither the acceptance that comes from confirmation nor the depth that follows from the concerns of others who undertake an in-depth perspective.

We have all heard of “Leadership Training.” Have your ever heard the term “Followership Training?” The first time I heard of it was while training as a Navy Chaplain at the Newport Chaplain School.  If you do not know how to follow another person’s leadership, you will be a poor leader. In short, following is not merely about carrying out directions. The capable follower creatively forwards the leader’s vision, interactively verifies the viability of that vision and shares in the leader’s accomplishment.

But I want the credit! Why should some egotistical leader take all the credit for *MY* hard work? There are unjust leaders as there are unjust followers. Employees cheat their employers in countless ways; from stealing to laziness to withholding urgent criticism. Empolyers cheat their employees in equally countless ways, from wages that unfairly reflect the workers contribution to unsafe working conditions to ignoring worker feedback. Leaders have an obligation to be a aware of their followers contribution and value. Followers have an obligation to bring the vision to life.

But there is a difference between participation and credit.

One way to engage the Easter Mystery of the empty tomb is to participate in the life of Jesus. Jesus surely died and yet is not dead as demonstrated by the living participation of his followers. Jesus’ resurrection includes the physical lives of those who organize their lives according to his vision. To say God the Father raised Jesus from death is a mystery, and part of that mystery is the graced life we know and experience as follow Jesus.  Jesus’ teaching and values are his life flowing through us. We participate consciously in the Kingdom of God among us by following Jesus; being Christ (the anointed) to the world.

We do well to give credit to Jesus.  We are dignified in participating in his life. To follow Jesus is to live his life. Halleluiah!

With all good wishes for a blessed Easter

Faithfully,
Forrest

seeking Jesus’ way

Next Week
Q 82
(part 2… to be continued)
Trials Shared

Jesus said to his followers
“you have stayed close to me
through all my trials.
You will eat and drink with me
In the realm of God.”
Borg-Powelson-Riegert Reconstruction (1996)

Matthew 19:28 (NRSV)
http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=231047429
Jesus said to them,
‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things,
when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory,
you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:28-30 (NRSV)
http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=231047390
‘You are those who have stood by me in my trials;
and I confer on you,
just as my Father has conferred on me,
a kingdom,
so that you may eat and drink
at my table in my kingdom,
and you will sit on thrones
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Easter Sunday Sunrise and Easter Worship
6:30 AM and 10 o’clock AM
Community Church of Little Neck
46-16 Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck, NY 11362

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Looking South on Little Neck Parkway
The Church is on the block just south of Northern Boulevard
On the West side of Little Neck Parkway