When Jesus invited a few fishermen to follow him, he told them they would be leaders.

“From now on you’ll be fishing for people,” Jesus said (Luke 5:10). In other words, he told them you will be leading people to me. After a three-year small group immersion program, most of them became evangelists and teachers who travelled to Europe, Africa and Asia. A few became writers whose stories about Jesus would change world history.

Following Jesus and leading people to Jesus are one thing. Leaders follow. Followers lead.

But we may object: “I’m not a leader.” “I’m not good enough.” “I’m an introvert.” “I’m too sinful.” “I’m too young.” Peter said the same thing too: “O Lord, please leave me alone — I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” Peter sounds pious. But he was merely giving in to fear. “Don’t be afraid!” Jesus tells Peter (see Luke 5:1-11).

And so Jesus personally mentored Peter, along with James and John. He invited the Twelve to lead by serving others.

Jesus went the extra mile to include women in his circle of leadership. He mentored Mary who learned at the feet of her Master. He helped a woman lead an entire village to Christ. Some women led the disciples to Jesus’ empty tomb. Women led small groups and home churches in Asia Minor. And Priscilla, Paul’s coworker on mission trips, mentored many people, including Apollos, who became the most talented preacher of his age (Acts 18:1-28).

We tend to underestimate ourselves. Not Jesus. He sees greatness in every person.

“God has entrusted us with his most precious treasure — people. He asks us to shepherd and mold them into strong disciples, with brave faith, and good character,” writes pastor John Ortberg.

Don’t be afraid. You can lead. When you join small groups at CDPC Puchong, you will discover that every member becomes a leader of souls.

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