Thursday, September 27, 2007

Where is our loyalty?

I found the following commentary of Luke 9:59-61 from Oswald Chambers both challenging and right on the money.
He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." - Luke 9:59 .

This man did not want to disappoint Jesus, nor did he want to show a lack of respect for his father. We put our sense of loyalty to our relatives ahead of our loyalty to Jesus Christ, forcing Him to take last place. When your loyalties conflict, always obey Jesus Christ whatever the cost.

Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." - Luke 9:61 .

The person who says, "Lord, I will follow you, but . . .," is the person who is intensely ready to go, but never goes. This man had reservations about going. The exacting call of Jesus has no room for good-byes; good-byes, as we often use them, are pagan, not Christian, because they divert us from the call. Once the call of God comes to you, start going and never stop. Oswald Chambers: My Utmost for His Highest. September 27th.

1 comment:

Louie Mercer, Frank Mercer and Mike Ellis: The Church for Men Dudes said...

We talked about these scriptures Sunday during Men's group. The chapter on Partial Obedience from a book the 12 hazards of being a man.

God Bless you brother. Keep up the great work!