Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's Always Something...

Just thinking today about why individuals put off or relinquish the thought of surrendering their life to Christ to the "someday" file. For many, it's inconvenient to their lifestyle, so becoming a Christian is postponed until whatever that activity is is no longer a part of their life. For others, becoming a follower of Christ isn't an option because they are involved with a person who condemns "Christianity", God and/or salvation. Still, there are others who have something they need to do or accomplish or finish before they can really give attention to God, His Word and following the life examples given to them by Christ.

Wasn't it Roseanne Roseanna-danna who used to say, "It's always something"?

Never were more true words spoken than those when it comes to committing your life to Jesus Christ.

The book of Luke, Chapter 9, verses 57 through 62 relate Jesus' answers to various individuals who gave him the usual excuses for why they couldn't follow Him at that moment:

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."59 To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 And Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."61 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."

In verse 57, it's obvious that this person thinks it's no big challenge to follow Jesus because he tells Him that he will follow Him "wherever" He would go. Jesus lets him know that it's not as easy as it looks because Jesus never gets to "veg out" in an easy chair, sleep in late in a cozy bed and that following Him requires people to get out of their places of comfort and go places where you have to do without.

Jesus asked another person to follow Him in verse 59, but that person had other things he had to get done first.

Lastly, in verses 61 and 62, another individual has indicated his desire to follow Christ as soon as he goes to bid farewell to those who are at his home. Jesus' reply to this person indicates that when a person decides to follow Him, there's no looking back at what has been; there's only going forward. Looking back on people or things which have been a part of one's life in the past prohibits one from experiencing the fullness of God's love, grace, mercy and abundance of life in Christ.

So what is your excuse? What's stopping you for giving your life to Christ? It's apparent (if you take the time to stop and consider the facts all around you) that life on this planet is taking decided steps in a negative direction. How people can deal with the many problems that bombard them every day without the love and comfort of God is beyond me. Not only do I have His ear when I need someone to talk to about all of it, He loves me and cares about what is happening in my life, and He knows what the outcome is and how I will benefit from it in the end, and knowing all that is more than comforting; it's life changing and perspective changing.

1Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.

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