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PostSubject: Don't Delay   Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:43 am

As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62

Many times over many years I shared with an old friend about our need of a Savior. When he visited me recently and I once again urged him to receive Christ, his immediate response was: “I would like to accept Jesus and join the church, but not yet. I live among people of other faiths. Unless I relocate, I will not be able to practice my faith well.” He cited persecution, ridicule, and pressure from his peers as excuses to postpone his decision.

His fears were legitimate, but I assured him that whatever happened, God would not abandon him. I encouraged him not to delay...but to trust God for care and protection. He gave up his defenses, acknowledged his need of Christ’s forgiveness, and trusted Him as his personal Savior.

Committing your life to Jesus is a decision worth making. When Jesus invited people to follow Him, they too offered excuses—all about being busy with the cares of this world (Luke 9:59-62). The Lord’s answer to them urges us not to let excuses deprive us of the most important thing in life: the salvation of our souls.

Although large crowds followed Jesus wherever He went, Jesus knew that not all who followed Him were genuine disciples. Jesus taught often of the radical commitment needed if we want to follow Him. We are to love Him above all else, even our own life. In today’s passage, Jesus warns that following Him may not be easy and comfortable. It requires precedence over all other relationships, a single-minded focus, wholehearted pursuit, and an undivided commitment. God in His great mercy has given every believer the Holy Spirit to help us live a life that is pleasing to Him.

INSIGHT: Do you hear God calling you to commit your life to Him? Do not delay for tomorrow is not guaranteed. “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:2

Heavenly Father...This is a difficult portion of Jesus' teachings. It gives new meaning to the familiar prayer: "Lord I am not worthy to receive You but only say the word and I shall be healed." I am definitely not worthy to receive You and I must be healed of my sin to walk with You with an undivided commitment. Please say the word...save my soul and fill me with Your Holy Spirit so I can live a life that is pleasing to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen

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And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
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