I was listening to the song “Background” by Lecrae this morning on my way to work. I was thinking about the idea of God being in the lead and us being followers when it occurred to me: there are literally thousands of people who have gone before us, lived and died for Christ. Some have been burned, hung, fed to animals, ripped limb from limb, and died every other conceivable death for Christ. And those are just the martyrs. There are hundreds of others who suffered for Christ but may not have died in that suffering who we consider to be saints – people who have been glorified with Christ and we are confident are spending eternity at Christ’s side. When we think about following Christ, I think we often make it too difficult and metaphysical. We have tons of physical people whose examples we can follow. The blood of the martyrs has literally paved the way for us.