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Luke 9:62

Posted 12/06/21, by Dan Vis

This week I want to spend a bit of time talking about the cost of discipleship. It's an important topic, but not one we emphasize enough.

While Jesus was on earth, many came to Him, wanting to be His followers. But Jesus made crystal clear there were strict requirements for being a disciple. Some, in fact, sound quite harsh to our modern ears.

Take this verse from the Gospel of Luke:

Luke 9:62
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

It's actually part of a series of statements about the cost of discipleship. A few verses prior, a man came to Jesus offering to follow Him anywhere. Jesus seemingly tried to discourage Him, pointing out He didn't even own a bed on which He could lay His head. Another asked to go bury his father first. Jesus said no: let the dead bury the dead.

Our verse today was His answer to a third would-be follower, who only asked to go bid farewell to those in his house. I'm assuming this was a young single man, living with his parents and siblings, but that's just a guess. Even so, these kinds of responses seem quite stringent.

But the point is clear: Jesus demanded absolute and total loyalty. To have mixed goals, to be double-minded, or divided in purpose was simply unacceptable. It was all in or nothing.

That part about plowing perhaps gives us some clue why. From my limited experience behind a rototiller, I suspect the only way to keep a plow going straight is to keep your eyes fixed on a distant future target. To look to either side, or worse, to turn around and look back, is a sure recipe for crooked rows in your field. And that's simply not the kind of worker, the Gospel deserves.

So how is your focus? Your commitment? Your loyalty? Is your eye fixed on some distant goal, and are you harnessing every aspect of your life to reach that goal? Or are you confused, divided, and just meandering around through life?

The call of Jesus is a call to mission and purpose. To a life of focus. And He deserves nothing less...

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Posted by Dan Vis on 12/06/21
Your point about the need to stay focused is so important Kathryn. And yes, everything around everything in our world seems to be trying to distract us.

Let's determine to keep working for souls!
Posted by Kathryn D. Search on 12/06/21
I agree. The end is near, and souls are dying daily without Christ. I just put in a post about Christ crying over this suffering, sin-laden world. I may go put in in your group in facebook. It is hard to keep focused on our main goal. There is so much going on around us often. And the goal of most church members is let the preachers work for souls, I have other things I need to do.


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