September 26, 2012

 

Luke 9:60 (NLT)
But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”

Observation:  Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem. He is on his way to death. Could that be the reason these are all hesitant to immediately leave their lives, and follow him? Career, family, custom, manners all dictate to do what is right by the standards of the world. Jesus has a different standard, a divine standard, and it is not to be put off, not to be ignored, not to be fought against.
Application:  In a way, this is an issue of core values. Like SouthWest Airline’s focus on their anchor values, to the point of declaring “We will miss you” to a customer who doesn’t agree with them, Jesus calls me to put the proclamation of God’s kingdom above everything else. No moderate radical here. It is full on, all out, extreme commitment to the Cause and the Leader of the Cause. But, family and pride and status and comfort and laziness all creep in. Different ones at different times, but they sneak in and attach their tentacles to my soul, and begin to squeeze. And, once again, I need a Savior.
Prayer:  Lord, I need your reminder, your call, to radical commitment to you and your kingdom. I hear your voice saying “Seek first the Kingdom of God and then (and only then) all these things will be added to you.” But like the call of the Sirens, other voices lure me away, tempt me to my own destruction. I want to know you. I need to hear your voice so I don’t stray. Keep always before me that my duty is to preach your kingdom by word and deed, and to call others to do the same. Help me, I pray in Jesus’ loving and powerful name.

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