All of us are called to be spiritual leaders. Whether we exercise that leadership in our family, our workplace, or in our church, we cannot escape the command of Jesus that we be and bring light into the lives of those around us. We are also called to be followers of other spiritual leaders in our lives. However, in doing so we need to be sure that spiritual leaders in our life are leading us in an authentic way. How can we do this? Reflect on the words of Jesus in today’s gospel passage from Matthew.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
So by their fruits you will know them.”
Are you bearing good fruit in your spiritual leadership? Do those who lead you along your faith journey bear good fruit? If so, stay on that journey. If not, avoid any person or influence that takes you away from life in Christ.
Remember, Jesus is always your way and your destination. Faithfully lead others toward Jesus, and only follow others who help you move to communion with him.