Being a disciple is serious business. The Message Bible, in today’s verse, places emphasis on the urgency of responding to that call. There is no time to waste, Christ said He’d return soon. How soon we don’t know (Matthew 24:36), but we best be ready.
Reading the same passage from the NIV Bible though places the focus elsewhere;
“Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.””
Again, being a disciple is serious business. Once you take the decision to follow Christ, its permanent. Looking back, wavering in decision, pining for what seems attractive when on that long hard road to discipline; these things make you unfit for service in God’s kingdom.
They serve a caveat at weddings; marriage is not to be entered into lightly, but upon deep reflection and severe consideration. The pain and trauma of divorce is the result of failing to do so. The cost of discipleship is more so to be esteemed, failure to do so leaves one unbecoming for God’s service.
Think About This
“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Luke 9:23 NIV
Dear Lord, may I realize the gravity of following You and make it my choice. Please give me the grace to take up my cross daily. In Jesus name I pray. Amen