Thought For Today
Luke 9:57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Luke 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests: but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Luke 9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me, But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go bury my father.
Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Luke 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
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.
These scriptures are so important! Anyone who decided to follow Jesus must be prepared to follow him anywhere he may lead them!
In Luke 9:58 Jesus is explaining that he has no home, he has not where to lay his head. If you decide to follow Jesus you may find yourself in the same place, this is not to say you will be living under a bridge, or in a box, no this is saying that you may be traveling from place to place a lot. See Jesus could have went back to his childhood home and his parents would have welcomed him, there were many places he could have went and called home. Multitudes would have gladly invited him into their home to live out his life! However this was not God's plan, just as God's plan for your life may require you leaving your home.
When telling God you will follow him, be prepared to do just that! If you tell him you will follow him and then back out you make yourself a liar, and all liars will have their part in the lake of fire, so if you say it stick to it!
Luke 9:59 and Luke 9:60 is telling us we may be required to put even our families behind us when we agree to follow Jesus. This is not to say that we must forget them, and say goodbye forever, no this is saying that we must put God first in our lives, if God wants you to do something, and your spouse wants you to do something differnt, and you have told God you will follow him, then unless you want to be a liar to God you must follow the Lord no matter what your spouse may say or do! If you bow to your spouse instead of God you will be required to stand before God and explain why you bowed to a human instead of God.
God can give you eternal life filled with happiness, man/woman can give you a few short years of companionship which is nothing compared to an eternity with the Lord Jesus.
Luke 9:61 and Luke 9:62 is pretty much confirming Luke 9:59 and Luke 9:60 We are not to be concerned about our past lives when we agreed to follow Jesus, that is past, all things will become new including our lives. This is not to say that everyone that agrees to follow Jesus and to do his will is going to be seperated from their families. No, the majority of those who follow Jesus never have to leave their families, all I am saying is we need to be prepared to do ANYTHING that God may ask!
Luke 9:62 Is telling me that once I decide to follow Jesus, I can not look back, or go back to my old life! If I should turn around and go back to my old life after agreeing to follow Jesus I would not be fit for the kingdom of God, and I would not be allowed to enter into heaven, and considering there is only heaven and hell with nothing between the two, should I not be allowed to enter into heaven then I would have to go to hell, and I have chosen not to do that!! So remember if you have agreed to follow Jesus, you need to get in contact with him and find out what you are suppose to do for him in your life!!! God appoints something for everyone to do, do yours!!