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Following Jesus is rarely an easy endeavor. He calls us to do some mighty difficult things at times. However, when the day is done we always have to ask ourselves the question… did I follow His will today or my own? Far too often, in my life, I have to admit that I actually chose my own will over His. At those difficult times He still always reminds me that His grace is sufficient for me.
Some of the most difficult things that Jesus said are found in Luke chapter 9. In this chapter Jesus says to a man “Follow me” and the man’s response is “first let me go bury my father.” Then Jesus says 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 goodbye to my family.” To that Jesus replied “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is worthy of me.” This passage makes it very clear to me that Jesus calls us to go to extremes for Him. The path He often places before us is neither comfortable or easy.
Just what did Jesus mean when He said that if we put our hand to the plow and look back we are not worthy of Him? In my studies and with extra guidance from The Holy Spirit. I have come to this conclusion… that Jesus desires that we put the plow to work on the hardness of our very own hearts. Hosea 10:12 says “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your (fallow & hardened) unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes..” And while we are at work plowing our own hearts we are to keep looking forward directly at Jesus and not to the left or right or at our past. Because He is much more concerned about where we are going than where we have been.
Jesus wants us to keep plowing and breaking up the hardness of our hearts. He wants the soil of our hearts to be soft, pliable and broken up so that He can freely sow seeds of love, truth, mercy, grace and righteousness within us. This is our mission and everyday task if we really want to reap the fruit of His unfailing love.
No one else can do this for you! It is your heart and your very own responsibility. No sister, brother, Pastor or anyone else can complete this task for you. But always remember this is not done with your own strength or will. This is done by His strength within you and by His will. All we have to do is surrender and cooperate with Him. If we truly surrender He will equip and empower us even better than the energizer bunny ever could ever imagine. Jesus is a power plant of immense boundless proportions.
Life in this world can hit us pretty hard at times and many things can occur to us each day that tend to help us to harden our hearts towards Him and others. But if we cooperate with Jesus and keep our hand to the plow of our own heart..He will see us through each and every time. Remember “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
Kirk Out !