Good morning, dear one,
Our scripture today in Luke 9 comes after a section in which Jesus is addressing several who had made excuses as to why they must delay following Jesus. When we “put our hand to the flow” we must be ready for a lifetime relationship with Christ. Many approach the altar and accept the Lord as their Savior. But will they follow Him? When you look back, you are not all in. As a follower, you must do it with your whole heart, not looking back with regret on earthly pleasures, wealth, position or honors. My Bible’s heading for this portion of scripture is “The Cost of Following Jesus.” Christ will not accept a “conditional” servant. Matthew 7: 24 says, “Anyone who listens to my words and follows (is convicted by, believes them, writes them down and puts them into practice) is wise.” Jesus asks each of us, “Will you live this way?” Are you an almost follower or all in follower? In Matthew 5, Jesus tells you and I that we are to be the light of the world and warns us not to hide our light under a basket, but place our lamp on a stand where it spreads light to all. So, my question for you this week is:
List three ways your light is impacting the world?
Or, list your excuses. Would Jesus accept your excuses as to why you are not following? I have decided to follow Jesus. Have you? Linda