Focus Scripture: Luke 9:57-62 ESV
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go. ”
58 And Jesus said to him,
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. ”
59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said,
“Lord, let me first go and bury my father. ”
60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead
to bury their own dead. But as for you,
go and proclaim the kingdom of God. ”
61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but let me first say farewell to those at my home. ”
62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow
and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
How dearly do we hold our family in our hearts?
More dearly than the Lord Jesus?
How dear are our friends to us?
How attached are we to our worldly affairs and concerns?
How immersed are we in the things of this world?
One man said that he needed to take care of his father and
then once he had passed on he would follow.
If he were to follow Jesus immediately, what might it cost him?
Might it cost him his relationship? Might it cost him his inheritance?
Another says he will follow Jesus, but first he must make sure that
he has made arrangements and said goodbye to his family.
If he were to follow Jesus right now what would it cost him?
For these men their families
were on the forefront of their minds
and in the center of their hearts.
What is on the forefront of your mind?
Who holds the position of prominence
and preeminence in your heart?
What would you do if today the Lord said to you,
Would you look back?
TAKING THE TRUTH TO HEART
You may not feel as though the seemingly secondary
things are preeminent,
but if Jesus were to ask you to follow Him
right now, no matter where, would you follow Him?
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back
is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
Are you willing to follow?
Or are you looking back?
AND BRINGING IT TO LIFE
Choose one truth from today and apply it to your heart.
Take it with you throughout the day.
Lord, help us to be willing and able to follow you
wherever you send us when you send us.
Written by: Laurie Aker
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