Join is this Thursday night for our monthly Men’s Fellowship Night at America’s Keswick. Pastor Bryan Murawski will be our speaker. Dinner is at 6:15 PM followed by a great evening or praise, testimony, teaching from the Word and great fellowship in the Activity Center. Please call for information — 732-350-1187.
What’s in your Wallet?
“Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” Luke 9:57b
I’m not a big fan of commitment cards. To be honest they bring on more guilt than encouragement. Many times I’ve had conversations with people who made a recommitment or rededicated their lives to Christ, which I think is great. Then they open their wallet and whip out this commitment card.
In Luke 9 at the end of the chapter the Lord is walking with a His disciples. The time has come for Jesus to go to Jerusalem for the last time, “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51. It was a few verses earlier that Jesus flashed His “Commitment card”. “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” Luke 9:44. The next verse tells us they didn’t get it.
As they continued to walk there was one who said “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” At this Jesus warded him of his intentions. Next it was Jesus asking “Follow Me”.
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
And there lies the problem, “Me First” syndrome. To both responses Jesus says, The Kingdom of God comes first.
Now I’m not saying that we shouldn’t make every effort to follow Jesus. What I’m saying is never think for one minute that we don’t need to know our priorities, I’m still a “me first” guy and unless I realize that I’ll always fall short. My deepest desire is to be a “Kingdom First” person and until I get there I’ll fall into the arms of grace and mercy and know that I am safe in His arms.
So the next time someone asks “What’s in your wallet”? Pull out a picture of the Cross and tell them “I nail my flesh there every day”! Amen – Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy, serves at America’s Keswick and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger.
Think About This: Real faith is not the stuff dreams are made of; rather it is tough, practical and altogether realistic. Faith sees the invisible but it does not see the nonexistent.A.W. Tozer
Verses to Memorize: I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened. He lifted me out of the ditch, pulled me from deep mud. He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn’t slip. He taught me how to sing the latest God-son, a praise-song to our God. More and more people are seeing this: they enter the mystery, abandoning themselves to God. Psalm 40:1-3 The Message