In a broad sense, all mankind are followers in one way or another. The day may be marked by the following of an outline, impulse, suggestion, or habit. On the other hand, one may follow an inspiration, which is divine direction. Of inestimable importance is the choice of right guidance, and for this reason the search of the ages has been to find an infallible guide. Once found and followed, divine guidance brings heaven to earth. Too often this search has been based on mere human theories, or else it has ransacked the complexities of matter and the physical realm. Because we have looked for aid in the wrong direction, there has often seemed to be no fixed Principle to direct us.

To be a follower it is vital to have the meek and childlike qualities of innocence and implicit trust. Armed with these, Moses found guidance for himself and for a nation. Having faith that he is being guided to his desired destination, one follows joyfully. Abraham is another example of faith. He was ever faithful and obedient to the Word of God, and being a good follower he became a good leader.

Centuries later came one who said, "I am the way" (John 14:6). Jesus provided the chart for true living, and the guidance of the Christ, which had always been available, became clear. Daily and practically he pointed the way of spiritual progress and salvation for mankind. His teaching was practical; and as he went about his mission, words and deeds went hand in hand. His words were accompanied by convincing proofs, and his works were his means of setting an example that all could follow.

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