Luke 9:61 – But First

Today’s Readings: Deut 21:1‐22:30, Luke 9:51‐10:12, Ps 74:1‐23, Prov 12:11

Luke 9:61-62 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Is it OK to say that there are parts of the Bible that are uncomfortable for me to read?  Sometimes it is because of conviction.  Sometimes it is because I am not seeing the author’s intended meaning of the passage.  Here it is a little of both.

The message of the passage is not that we must leave our family and never talk with them again if we follow Christ.  That would not be consistent with the rest of the teaching in Scripture.  The context of the verse shows us that the meaning is related to following Christ fully without hesitation.  Notice the “I will follow…but…first.”  When God say’s go, we do not pass go, we do not collect $200.  We go.

Apply: I must fully submit myself to God’s calling – no buts.

How do you avoid the “I will follow…but…first” response?


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