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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Hand to the Plow

Sometimes I have difficulty staying focused. Alright, most of the time I have difficulty staying focused. In a world of distractions there are many things that take my eyes off the LORD. I have deadlines for work, schedules for home, and all those unexpected things that pop up in the midst of my day. Then...there's me. My mind can jump from one topic to the next like a cork in a fresh mountain stream. Even now, I'm thinking about fishing while I'm writing in my blog! It never ends. A wandering mind can yield a wavering life. Priorities in life are easily rearranged when we lose our focus. Our days become controlled by the tyranny of the urgent, rather than the plan of God. Even things that seem important are lost in the sea of busyness.

Jesus reminded a would-be follower who wanted first to say goodbye to his family:
"No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).
Let's be clear about one thing: Jesus is talking about being a follower of Him, not a member of His family. If that were the case, no one would be saved. We've all looked back! He's talking about discipleship...following...ministry. And He includes everyone in His warning. He includes me. And you.

The word "fit" is interesting. It's the Greek word euthetos. It means to be well-placed; useful; in the unique position for success. It's where I want to be in life and ministry. The promise is mine. Jesus says, that if I'll keep my focus on Him, He'll direct my life and put me in the right place at the right time for the right purpose. Have you seen my fishing pole?