Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Homesick (Part 2)
He said to another man, 'Follow me.'
But he 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 a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.'
Luke 9:59-62 (NIV)
Rejected! Unfit for service. I pray these words are never spoken to us. What could be worse for a soldier to hear? But salvation's Captain demands God's due: First place. His Orders take precedence. Homesickness is therein healed.
Because when you're following His Footsteps, the brightness of His Presence cures disease. Love of family should not bring illness. If it does, you're not loving them rightly. Instead, you're squeezing in far too tightly. So, relax your grip and avoid choke holds.
The Words of Jesus in Luke 9 seem harsh.* Shouldn't we show love for our families? Yes! But our lives cannot revolve around them. Just Him. Consider His disciples. They traveled a lot and some were married.** Perhaps their wives came with them on the road. Perhaps others with children stayed at home.
But here's what every believer should know: If God calls you out, He'll care for your kin. Surely, He'll love them better than you can. To be lovesick means you've got a problem. Our family should be a place to grow. It's a haven, even a launching pad. But, it's not a pedestal or a shrine.
Because the high places belong to God.
One more thing: If family is united by bloodlines, households, culture and marriage, you've got a new Bloodline, household and culture, plus betrothal to a King.
'Pointing to His disciples, He said, 'Here are My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother' ' (Matthew 12:49-50).
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Let the dead bury the dead: http://www.gotquestions.org/let-dead-bury-dead.html
** Short article: Were any of the disciples married?: http://www.gotquestions.org/disciples-married.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Homesick series.