Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Plow

Luke 9:61,62 “Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

The plow in those days was hard to control. It demanded a full attention to keep the plow upright and the row to stay straight. Therefore to look back would be a disaster. It is the same in serving Jesus, because of the contrast with living for the world the job is impossible if we don't give our whole attention to it.

Some people will shout hosanna one day, but if and when the crowd changes its mood they will shout crucify Him the next day. Decide to follow Jesus or you will one day turn against HIM. Matt. 21:9; Mark 15:13; Philippians 3:19

You say that is a harsh statement. But I say it is harsh not to state it like that. The consequences are awful, if we ignore the reality of life.

To follow Jesus you must be a person of decision. There can not be I will follow Jesus but. Instead there must be, I will follow Jesus PERIOD. Are we waiting for a fleece, when we know what God has told us to do? Or do we say yes sir and then go?

Do we actually believe Jesus is God, the creator of the universe? Is Christianity just a Sunday School fantasy to keep us out of trouble?

How are our actions. Do we act as if Jesus meant what he said, or do we act as if Christianity is just for looks?

Jesus is gentle and kind, Matt 11:28-30. But the world is cruel and harsh. Matt. 2:16; Ex. 1:22 To go against the world means we will go through tribulation, Acts 14:22; John 16:33. We will have the victory in Christ.

Life and death, blessing and cursing are before us. Let us believe for if we don't we will not last. Isaiah 7:9

Joshua 24:15 "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

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