April 5, 2016
I’m sort of stuck on something I said in the message this past Sunday. It had to do with Jesus saying, “Follow me” to a guy he ran into.
The guy said, “First let me go and say goodbye to my family.”
And Jesus said, “No one who puts their hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)
What did Jesus mean by that?
I’m thinking that being fit is following Jesus without another thought, without trying to go back and forth between Jesus and our old lives – old lives defined as life before we set out to follow Jesus.
Being fit is being willing at first thought.
Being fit has nothing to do with who we are now and it has everything to do with who we will become. The people that followed Jesus at first thought were not quite the sort of people one would think…but who they became made all the sense in the world
All too often would be followers are luke-warm, they want to follow until the following gets difficult or until it costs them something. Jesus seems to want followers that follow him without reserve, without looking back. If we look back we’re in essence judging between what used to be and what our life with Jesus is all about. Looking back is only good to see how far we’ve come…other than that looking back tends to pull us back.
Just trying to put some thoughts together.