A Call to Respond

October 7, 2016

A Call to Respond

Luke 9:61-62

And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. 

We have heard a call to respond to Christ in our lives.  Some of us have heard the calling to salvation and relationship and others have heard even deeper callings to service and ministry.  Whatever our calling we so often don’t want our separation from what we were called from to be without strings and attachments.  We still hold affection for those former things.  What Jesus speaks in the scripture is a hard thing.  Most of us would feel that the man’s request to say farewell before following Jesus was not unreasonable.  It makes me think about how many times that the Lord has impressed upon my heart to do something or say something and I’ve hesitated, procrastinated or felt I would do it when I finished doing something else first.  The Lord is speaking to our hearts to really come to full and unconditional surrender of all other affections with regards to the kingdom of God.   The Lord is asking for a commitment from us where we will not turn around and look back at what we left behind and what we were called out from.  He wants our immediate obedience and complete faithfulness.  

We have been called to press in, press on and prevail through our faith in Christ our Lord.  We have come out of death and into life.  We can no longer turn back to death that is now behind us.  We must press on with faith and obedience into the Life that’s before us.  Perhaps it is our hesitancy and lack of full obedience and response to Christ that makes us lukewarm and unpalatable to the Lord that he would spew us out of His mouth.  Our love for Christ is demonstrated and seen in our obedience to Him.  Today He is calling us to let go of what we are holding onto, the former things of the world that are anchors and hindrances to our relationship and service to Him.  

Hebrews 12:1-3 exhorts us, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”   A soldier, when he enlists, no longer has an allegiance to himself, but to the one he has enlisted to serve.  Our calling is no different.  




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