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GROWING IN CHRIST

"I Am All In

Date published: 06/27/2016
 
Luke 9:57-62 “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow You wherever You go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’ He said to another man, ‘Follow Me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’” (NIV)  

   This passage calls Christians not just to Lordship, but total Lordship.  The beauty of God’s grace can easily overshadow His call to Lordship. This is not to diminish the importance of God’s grace, but to usher Christians into an understanding that grace leads to Lordship. Most have heard of the infamous training of Navy Seals. The training is meant not only to get the best, but also to assure that those accepted are not only committed, but refined to the point of knowing their commitment will endure the fire of being a Seal. Christianity is quite different. Christ paid the price for you to become a Christian, but it is in making Him Lord that Christ lives out that commitment you made to Him.  

   To understand this, you have to experience at salvation how Christ took your sins on His body and paid the terrible price of being flogged and crucified on a cross, so that you can experience the gift of eternity with God, forgiveness of sins, and God’s unconditional love. Each of the three people in the Scripture at the top of the page had mentally believed in Jesus, but had not committed to Lordship. Their understanding was so shallow that their possessions, priorities, and relationships all came before Jesus. They are like so many people today who are challenged by Christ’s teachings, but the things in their lives are more important. Coming into a saving relationship with Jesus is easy, but can only through repentance that comes from the Holy Spirit and finding your need for God. It is here that the Holy Spirit can replace your old heart with a new one.

   What comes before Christ in your life? Is Christ in you constrained by your possessions? Do you value your relationships more than the work of God? Are your priorities of more value than the purposes of God? When you made your profession of faith to Jesus, did you start qualifying the conditions of Lordship? In Genesis 19:17, God gave these instructions to Lot and his family, “Flee for your lives!  Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain!  Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!" (NIV) Lot’s wife could not resist looking back. We do not know what had hold of her heart, but it caused her to long for what she was giving up. Once that happens, it is like a cancer that will consume your faith and commitment to God - ”Yes, I want to follow You, but...”   Never look back; look only to Jesus. 

Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Discipleship.” 

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