What does it mean to be a disciple? Have you ever played ‘follow the leader?’ Children are really good at this game because they try to imitate exactly what the leader does. Discipleship is a lot like this game.
Jesus Christ is the leader. Those who follow Him are called ‘disciples.’ The idea is to imitate Jesus in all you do. But, before you can imitate Jesus you must believe in Him. Jesus taught and acted in a way that was different from most other people. If you choose to follow Jesus you will think and act differently than many of your friends and family. And, like Jesus experienced, some will accept you and others will not. Some in Jesus’ family even thought He was crazy (Mark 3:21). Jesus wasn’t crazy – He was committed to following the Father’s will (John 6:38).
Today, Jesus says, “Follow me” (Mark 1:17). So, how good are you at playing “follow the leader?” This devotional will help you to follow Jesus. Each day you will read the words of Jesus along with some helpful ideas of how to be more like Him. It is going to be an exciting week as you imitate Jesus in the camp and on your ministry/work site. Remember, there will be difficult challenges. Jesus had his difficult days too. He said, “A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like this teacher” (Luke 6:40).

Day 1 of 8 from the 2007 Mission Discovery Devotional