Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61-62
Jesus was there in the flesh seeking those that would follow Him without excuse to proclaim the kingdom of God; for there were those that would not taste death until they saw the kingdom in its beginning. It was an urgent time to get the message out before Jesus would be with them no more. His time was short and any excuse anyone had to not put this mission first was not valid.
Established by Christ after His resurrection, the kingdom of God is here today yet the nature of man has not changed.
But first, let me wait til my life slows down.
But first, let me get this college degree.
But first, let me get this dream job.
But first, let me get this promotion.
But first, let me enjoy my youth.
But first, let me get physically fit.
But first, let me buy, build, or fix this house.
But first, let my health get better.
But first, let me raise my kids to excel in sports or academics.
But first, let me take care of my aging parents.
But first, let me figure all this out.
But first, let everything fit perfectly together in my life and then I will have time to follow Jesus.
Unfortunately, but first turns into but never.
With lives that will never be perfect in timing, are unpredictable as to their end, and such an urgent message of hope to preach in a dying world, NOW is the time to put your hand to the plow and not look back. While there are important ventures and needs we must attend to in life, “but first” should never come before following Jesus.
My God, Who is first and foremost in my life, I commit to follow Jesus no matter my ventures or life’s needs. Everything I do is with You, never without You. Every achievement, every plan is guided by Your direction. Teach me to use my time in the best ways I can serve You daily while I seek opportunities in the necessary undertakings of each day. I put my hand to the plow and do not look back so that I will be fit for the kingdom of God. In Jesus I pray, amen.
Truth in love,