Day 134 – Where the Rubber Hits the Road
On: March 14, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let  me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” [Luke 9:57-62]

I didn’t mention yesterday that there is a catch. We cannot simply choose the High Road as if it were high moral ground we can claim by our attitude to things. Jesus tells is here that there is a practical cost that will hurt. It will point us towards simpler living, lead others to think that we are not taking our worldly responsibilities seriously, put pressure on relationships and possibly turn on its head our assumptions about how we earn our daily crust.

Still up for it? There is a reward. We will live lives where our lifestyle and actions (governed by our own decisions and effort) will be in step with our salvation (earned by Jesus and received freely by grace). We will live an undivided life of integrity.

The owner of the particularly fine Harley Davidson pictured, placed a multi lingual sign warning passers-by against sitting on this prize possession. Probably wise, but I wonder how readily this biker would part with his machine to follow Jesus in service of the Kingdom of God! More importantly, how prepared am I to set aside the “Harley Davidsons” in my life? Pardon the pun, but this is where the rubber hits the road in our walk with Jesus. My priorities will reveal where my heart lies. Divided hearts don’t work so well, and run counter to the teaching of the passages opposite from Psalm 86 and Ezekiel.

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

Prayer:

Father God, give me an undivided heart that I might follow faithfully the paths You lead me down. Whatever the cost. Amen

Comments are closed.