Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: And another also said, Lord, I will follow you; but let me first go bid them Farwell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, no man having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom.- Luke 9 : 61 , 62.

LISTEN: God cannot do anything serious with an unstable christian. He cannot commit to any unserious-minded “follower of Christ” the treasures of the kingdom. Anyone who carelessly fluctuates in his conviction and faith in Christ is not fit for the kingdom. In today’s scriptural text, we read about the encounter of Jesus with a man whom he urged to be his disciple but asked for leave to go bid his relatives farewell: that is, he asked for excuse till future date.

However, Jesus Christ taught him and us by extension a great lesson of commitment with an illustration from farm implement, the plough. This device (farm implement) is usually used to pull through the ground in order to break it open into furrows for planting. Here, Christ illustrated with animal-drawn plough. The point he buttressed was that excuse from the kingdom assignments and missions can automatically and eventually render us unfit for the kingdom of God, just the same way an unfocused and careless farmer can make wrong ridges while using the plough.

To follow Jesus Christ and remains committed to his service requires the following
1. Giving up the comforts of life for Him where necessary.
2. Giving up the warmth of family ties. 
3. Making radical decisions for Him.
4. Giving radical commitment.  
5. Being less attached to the earth and its enjoyment. Those who are deeply attached to the world can’t serve the Lord.

Having read today’s devotional message, what are you expected to do?
1. Don’t differ your commitment to God.
2. Look for areas you can serve the Lord and do it without delay.
3. Don’t make excuses to a call to kingdom assignments, instead take responsibility.

Daily Task 
Determine not to be a Christian who would always carelessly rise and fall.

Daily Reflection : Excuses that keeps us from serving God can equally keep us out of His kingdom.

Almighty God, bring me into your glorious presence, I pray for stability in my faith in Christ. Grant me the ability to remain focused and committed to you, in Jesus’ name, amen. 

Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy upon your life, you will not be distracted by the devil and his fleeting pleasures. May the LORD give you passion and a heart for him, in Jesus ‘ name.