Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”
For most of us, our call to follow Jesus does NOT mean we have to physically leave our loved ones. But we may need to leave them behind spiritually in order to follow Jesus. You can’t say: When my husband gets saved and decides to follow Jesus then I’ll be the most faithful disciple you can find anywhere. I just don’t want to get ahead of him spiritually. It doesn’t work that way. You aren’t to choose when you are to follow. Today is the day. Following Jesus is a NOW thing. It is immediate. No excuse you can offer is adequate to put on hold his compelling summons.
“Let the dead bury their own dead,” Jesus says, “but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:60). In this case, Jesus was about to send Seventy of his followers to go from village to village to carry the message of the Kingdom (Luke 10:1-24). Jesus needs these men ready and committed to be in a certain place at a certain time, even though Jesus hasn’t announced the mission yet. But the men can’t be counted on. Their other commitments keeps them from doing Jesus’ immediate and glorious will for their lives.
The message to you and me is just as strong: “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Are you ready to take up your cross and follow Jesus? I know you’re thinking; but what about my life…the life I’ve worked so hard to build? Jesus answers, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. ” (Mark 8:35)
Remember satan? He’s in this too! Don’t let him fool you into thinking what you’re giving up is more valuable than the Kingdom Of God. That is how the devil will work against us. He will make a few good times we had seem like the greatest times we ever had. He will make us think we just simply cannot live without our wealth and materialism. But he is a liar! Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). So don’t look back. Follow Christ today!
Scripture of the day: “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” ~ Mark 8:36
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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