I was going to write a new blog post but…
I was going to work out this morning but…
I was going to spend more time with my family but…
I was going to spend some time in the Word this morning but…
Luke 9:61 says, “Yet another one said, `I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’”
Seems like a simple answer and one that I would probably have said. Maybe I say it now more often than I realize or perhaps want to. “Lord, I will follow you, but…”
I call it my big but! (I was going to make that the title of this post, but I don’t like it when people are a little crass just to make a point or to get readers, so we can just keep that between us.)
“Lord I will follow you, but…”
– I need to get my life in order first
– I need to take care of a few things in some relationships
– Where you are calling me to serve is too far away
– I don’t think you pay as much as the company I am currently “following”
– I’ve got too much invested in all the other areas of my life
Or we say, “Lord I will do what you have called me to do, but…”
– I don’t have enough money to get it done
– I don’t think it will work
– I’m not sure what others will think
– It goes against all common sense
– Or…you fill in the blank
In the very next verse (Luke 9:62) Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Wow…that sounds a bit harsh, we think, but Jesus knew the heart of all of the people in this passage and He knows our hearts as well. The statement Jesus makes is a powerful one – He is reminding us of the faith required in serving Him! Am I looking back? Do I long for the days of my old life? Do I miss what used to be? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need to spend time with the Savior…in His Word…faith comes by hearing the Word of God!
I was reading Oswald Chambers the other day (I promise every post won’t have to do with Oswald Chambers, but I’m committed to sharing with you anything that challenges or encourages me which He does often) and he said this, “Sometimes we say, `Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn’t go against my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.‘ In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says.” And I LOVE his next statement, “Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.” Lord…give us that kind of faith!!
So, what is your “big but?” What are you holding on to that is getting in the way of you saying “yes” to Jesus! What is He calling you to do that you have made a list of excuses about? What are you not believing God for that you know you should? Did you spend time with Him this morning or did you say, “but…?”
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…post them below!