Bible Reading: Luke 9:52-62
Someone … said, “I will follow you, sir; but first let me go and say good-bye to my family.” Luke 9:61
Destiny is usually determined by the decisions we make and the commitment we make to follow through on them. When we come to the point of a declaration where we are ready to say “Lord I turn my will and my life over to your care. I will follow You, I will be Your disciple” it is a big step in the direction of successfully living a life of recovery founded on God’s principles. It is not a decision we can live out in pretence, half measures avail us nothing, there are no short-cuts. Spiritual recovery demands surrender, followed by willingness to learn obedience. It requires trusting Him completely and doing what we need to do to confront the things in our lives that separate us from Him. It is daily moving forward in knowing Him through abandoning all that is unworthy of Him.
The man who came to Jesus and expressed his desire and decision to follow Him, to become His disciple, ruined it when he said “but first let me go and say good-bye to my family” A seemingly reasonable request; sort everything out before giving up worldly and ungodly practices. Making excuses to avoid doing it now. When we say “I WILL” to God we need to do it in His terms, not ours. When we accept a personal “FOLLOW ME” from Him we need to submit our will to His will. There can be no obedience displayed to God’s will unless we place ourselves under His control, fully available at His command to ‘GO’ where and when He calls us to every day of our lives.
Help me Lord to yield to You, to be submissive in unconditional obedience to Your will for me.