No Looking Back!

Jesus heard many people tell Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.”  Haven’t you and I done the same thing?  Many times, we say this to the Lord in hymns and prayers, but do we actually mean it?  Jesus has a different standard of discipleship.  He never shies away from the fact that following Him will be difficult, uncomfortable, and costly.

In Luke 9:58 He first challenges us that it will be uncomfortable.  He says, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”  In other words, if you want comfort you might not want to follow Jesus.

Secondly, there was a man who wanted to put off following Jesus so that he could care for his father until he died.  There was no indication that his father was dying, he just wanted to prioritize his family over following Jesus.  We need to follow Christ on His terms—not ours.  Until He is Lord of all we really have not understood the cost of true discipleship.

Last, Jesus talks about our D-fitness.  We are all concerned about our physical fitness, but how is your D-fitness?  Luke 9:62 says, “No one after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”  What does Jesus mean in saying that he is not “fit for the kingdom of God?”  This is a person’s D-fitness or their Disciple-fitness.  A disciple that is D-fit is one who doesn’t look back.  When we understand the vast treasure that we have in our salvation, we will never look back.  It is when we get our eyes off Jesus and on to the world that we are tempted to look back and when we do we make a mess of things.  Turn your eyes on Jesus and move forward in Christ!  Don’t look back on past mistakes and short comings.  Look to the author and finisher of your faith!  Move forward on the Kingdom Mission that He has for you in 2018!!!

Thank you for the privilege of serving Christ alongside of you here at our blessed church!  I believe that these mission partnerships reflect the heart of God for our church and I look forward to see how God is going to use you to help be part of it!

In the Master’s Love,
Sean Wentley

 

All individuals must submit the DMBC Volunteer Mission Trip Application form to go on any mission trip.