The Plough

 

Luke 9: 61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

George Washington learned quickly the issues of an entirely volunteer Army, one without contracts and prescribed lengths of service.  As distractions came in, as does the harvest in fall, the men he once counted on began to dwindle, until at last he was unable to conduct war.  His lesson was learned and the Army changed the way it conducted business.

The Marines are well aware of this and as such, ‘don’t accept applications. Only commitments.’  A fighting force must be dependable, instant in season and out of season, ready to react when the bugles of war are sounded. 

Does Christ expect less of His disciples? What type of commitment does He expect? What does He deserve?  Surely, our heavenly mission and calling, much higher and more worthy than any earthly cause, is more entitled to the dedication of all your energies. 

But whereas the Marines will demand you to find the strength within yourself to succeed, our gracious Lord supplies us the Holy Spirit, thereby enabling us to act on the commitment in our hearts. 

Have you applied for a pass to heaven, or have you committed to Christ Jesus the Lord?

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