In the midst of a difficult transition, I am struck by a passage I read this morning in God’s Word. It has brought great insight and comfort.
In Luke 9:46, “An argument breaks out amongst the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.”
Jesus takes them, and knowing their thought, tells them that those who would welcome the little child is the greatest.
Lord, thank You for that.
Jesus then proceeds to further tell them (vv 49-50) when one of them wants to get legalistic and nitpicky– to let it go, that “whomever is not against you is for you.”
A great Word at a time when we need healing Lord.
In the next passage Jesus demonstrates mature leadership.
When setting out to reach the place he needs to be, He is told the people in one village on the way don’t welcome Him (vv 51-56). A few disciples ask for drastic measures and He tells them no, just go to a different village instead.
Indeed. Such a simple solution to what could have led to an even more difficult scenario. They were told to redirect their energies. Perhaps spend a bit more time–in order to preserve that which God values–people.
Finally, in the final passage (vv. 57-62) one man tells Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replies with what has become one of my all-time favorite passages. “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Two other men indicated they would follow Jesus–and one said first he needed to bury his father and the other say goodbye to his family.
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God,” was Jesus’ reply.
Jesus’ response strikes me today. His response strikes a chord about His call on my life and my response to that call–and participating in that call–than any words spoken in the past days.
Thank you God for the clarion call to serve. My hand is firmly on the plow.
(All verses from the New International Version of the Women’s Devotional Bible.)