Luke 9:57-62 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go”. Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head”. He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father”. Jesus said 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.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God”.
I have always struggled with these verses. As I look to the not-so-distant future when I will get on a plane for Asia, in many ways I dread the goodbyes, the tears, the culture shock, learning a language that I can’t quite get my mind around. I dread getting in a moto accident, getting sick, being hot all the time, and having to constantly, every day push out of my comfort zone. I fear failing as a missionary.
But, my hand must be to the plow because the fields are ready to be harvested and there are souls that MUST hear about Jesus. I fear sacrifice and yet this is what is required. Joy will replace the fear, peace will replace the dread because I am choosing to obey and choosing to serve.
First of all – I love this. 🙂
Second of all, these verses that I just read last night:
“Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies (or your fears) today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20:3-4
Love those verses from that perspective!