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Smart Followers

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If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)


There is a type of caterpillar called the processional caterpillar that is an expert at following. These caterpillars follow one another everywhere.

Scientists have taken groups of processional caterpillars and put them in a circle so that they follow one another around and around. These caterpillars will keep going around in a circle until they die! They don’t stop, they just keep following the caterpillar in front of them. They are not smart enough to stop following the caterpillar in front of them. Caterpillars are not very smart followers.

Jesus wants us to follow him, but He doesn’t want us to be dumb about it, like the caterpillars.

Jesus’ disciples were smart followers. They chose to follow Jesus. They knew that they could leave at any time. They wanted to follow Jesus and to be like Him. They worked hard to support and glorify Jesus, and so Jesus blessed them and shared with them the things that God had told Him. Jesus wants us to be smart followers of God, so that we too can be His faithful disciples.


God of peace, help me to be a smart and faithful follower of your son Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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