Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Devotions: Fit for Heaven

But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:62 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

We have to be all in. There is no neutral ground when it comes to faith. We have to be all for Christ or the world. We can’t have both. We will be loyal to one and a traitor to the other. This does not mean that we are never tempted or fall, but that our goal and devotion is given to God. We can’t call ourselves Christians and yet live in and for the world. We have to be sold out for the cause. The idea of starting something and then “looking back” is called being double-minded. It could also be called two-faced. It is asking forgiveness for something we have done, but have no intention of quitting. It is knowing what is wrong and doing it anyway because “God will forgive me anyway, I’m only human.” It is praising God with our mouths on Sunday, and lying or talking bad about others on Monday. We must be all one or the other; either all for Christ and live the way He says, or all for the world and live in the flesh. We can’t have both. We can’t live in the flesh and have heaven, too. How devoted and committed are you? Are you striving to live for Christ, in spite of your mistakes, or are you living how you want, in spite of what the Bible says?

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