Gems 2014 — June 29 Scripture Selection: Luke 9:49-62

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 29 Scripture Selection: Luke 9:49-62

Food for Thought: Luke 9:59-62

Jesus offered a new, better life to people, and some said, “Yes, Lord, but first let me do this, that, or the other.” They had other priorities and did not truly recognize the One Who was offering them this new life and the value of it. They valued the other things in their hearts more than Him, and lost a beautiful opportunity to walk with the Lord

Jesus will not take second place to anything! So many people conclude in their hearts that, yes, this life in Jesus is necessary for eternal life, but maybe later. They reason, “There are still things I would like to do, and if I follow Jesus now, I will miss out on what is fun, or what is important, or what is satisfying.” Those who think like that really have no idea of the grandeur of the Lord and the true, abundant life in Him. There is no comparison at all. And what they also do not realize is that there may be a time when the bonds of this life are so strong that they may never even come to the point again where they acknowledge their need for Christ. (The heart may become so hardened that it no longer perceives that calling.) “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Is. 55:6, 7).”

Jesus is worthy to take first place in our lives. Any other place is an affront to Him for Who He is and what He has done and puts us in a very vulnerable position that really will never satisfy. It is all or nothing. But it is so worth it! His rewards are great. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Mat. 6:33)” “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).”

This distinguishes the ones who have a sincere heart to follow the Lord, and the ones who plan to “string the Lord along” for their convenience.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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14 Responses to Gems 2014 — June 29 Scripture Selection: Luke 9:49-62

  1. suyts says:

    Truly committing to a life is hard for people. But, as is clear, one cannot be a Christian and put Christ second to anything. As Christ said, one cannot serve two masters.

    • cdquarles says:

      Amen. Then we have ‘Christians’ in positions of authority putting stumbling blocks before others because of their failure to be honest with themselves and with God. If you are a Christian, you can’t go around preaching envy, jealousy, covetousness, disbelief, etc. If you are not Christian, don’t claim it until you’ve done these things: Confess your sinful nature (leave the list between yourself and God), Accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then get Baptized. Fellowship with other Believers so you can grow in the faith. They’re there to help you bear the burden while you’re a babe in the Faith.

      • kim2ooo says:

        “Then we have ‘Christians’ in positions of authority putting stumbling blocks before others because of their failure to be honest with themselves and with God.”

        I’m becoming more and more convinced – these are planned. 😦

    • JSue says:

      Well, it may at times be challenging to always commit to keeping the Lord first in our lives, but it is even more difficult for us in the long run if we do not. The consequences are very hard.

      • JSue says:

        (The previous comment is in reference to James’ where he says to truly commit to The Lord is hard for people.)

      • suyts says:

        Absolutely. What I was trying to say is that “trust”, is very difficult for humans. Trust is only gained through Faith. One can gain faith through many different avenues, depending upon the faith you come to possess. But, trust, which is essential to Christians, that is to say, you must trust that your faith will be rewarded.

        I’m inarticulate at this moment, but, there’s a distinction between faith and trust.

  2. kim2ooo says:

    Mrs. A, … an apple. 🙂

    “That is where I’m supposed to sit.”

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