‘As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.’ (Mark 1:16-20)
Here is a man with clear leadership qualities. Watch him do it: He just goes along, and, as soon as he suggests that they follow him, they get up and leave all behind. There is almost a hypnotic quality to this passage.
Many people throughout the ages have had a similar ability to sweep people up, get them enthused for a cause and leave all behind. When you have that power over people, what do you use it for? We have seen in the last week how that power can be abused, inciting the crowd to do mischief, with tragic consequences for all. You might not be Jesus, or the President of America; but my question is for you as well, whatever ability you have to influence and enthuse, for what will you use it?