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Read Luke 9:51-62

Thursday

Read Luke 9:51-62

51 As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind and set out on his way to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead of him, who went into a village in Samaria to get everything ready for him. 53 But the people there would not receive him, because it was clear that he was on his way to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”[a]

55 Jesus turned and rebuked them.[b] 56 Then Jesus and his disciples went on to another village.

57 As they went on their way, a man said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down and rest.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But that man said, “Sir, first let me go back and bury my father.”

60 Jesus answered, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”

61 Someone else said, “I will follow you, sir; but first let me go and say good-bye to my family.”

62 Jesus said to him, “Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God.”

Footnotes:
Luke 9:54 Some manuscripts add as Elijah did.
Luke 9:55 Some manuscripts add and said, “You don't know what kind of a Spirit you belong to; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy human lives, but to save them.”
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think 

I love the metaphor Jesus uses in verse 62:
62 Jesus said to him, “Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God.”
On one level I like the metaphor because ploughing is only a small part of the whole job of planting, watering, growing... there is only so much that we can control.  The ploughing and planting. God handles the rest.
So the small job of ploughing needs to be done with ernest attention.  Deep and straight.

Pray

Keep my eyes on you Jesus.



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