It was easy following Paul. He was driving a comfortable pace in the commuter lane. We kept right up with him regardless of the boisterous noise of six French teens seated behind us. It took the stress out of driving to have someone in the lead. But when it looked as if Paul missed our exit, I was not too worried. I just figured he knew a different way to our destination. But when another exit flew by, I was worried enough to call him on my cell. He had already arrived! We were following the wrong car!
Our verse today was written by the apostle Paul to the church at Corinth. The believers there were dividing themselves into factions. Each group followed a different church leader. Paul turns their thoughts and loyalties to the One who could bring them together in unity. After all, it was not Paul crucified. They were not baptized in his name but in the name of Jesus (verse 13). When we all have our eyes fixed on Jesus, following Him, we will remain united.
It seems as if it is part of human nature to split up into separate groups. Somehow, pride gets in the way of fostering unity. We major on our differences rather than celebrating our common ground. There is a danger of placing the group or the leader above Christ, making our allegiance to that leader the most important one. But in following Jesus Christ above all else, we bond with others who do the same, regardless of church affiliation, regardless of race, age or locale.
Thank you Lord, that following You above anyone else brings sweet unity with others!