March 29

62Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  (Luke 9:62)  

It’s confession time.  My wife and I have just closed out a weekend celebrating forever friends and new colleagues.  Many of us enjoying all Savannah, GA has to offer:  delicious foods and even tastier cocktails.  The weekend was geared around my 40th Birthday, but that was just a ruse to get many of my closest friends away from the kids for a weekend of reminiscing and revelry.  So, naturally, the verse above came to mind as I ended the weekend walking my dog with a thunderstorm roaring around me.  Not only was I looking back this weekend, I left the field and the plow altogether.  For example, yesterday was Palm Sunday and I did not even stop to reflect on that simple fact, and by reflect I mean I didn’t even realize it was Palm Sunday until this morning!

Before I go any further, let me explain what I believe the verse above means.  To me, Jesus is saying that anyone who begins to tend the field, to reap the harvest for the Kingdom of Heaven and looks back, i.e., looking in the past to all they have left behind, as if still longing for that life.  Jesus specifically states that these people are not “fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

I spent my weekend as the Prodigal Son, wasting away my inheritance in dining and drinking.  I apologize to all those following this blog and reading the Devotional.  I continue to sit on the sidelines.  So, yes, this weekend we celebrated 40 years of life.  God has blessed me beyond measure for those forty years.  But I need to do much better staying in the field.  Holy Week is upon us, a great week to celebrate starting anew.  I’m going to use this week to reconnect, bury my old self, once and for all, and rise reborn and ready to reap the harvest.

Sharing an older song below, but if you read yesterday’s devotion in the print version, you’ll understand why I chose this worship masterpiece from Mrs. Kim Walker-Smith. Don’t be like me and let the stones be the one to cry out.

Reading plan:  Luke 23

Deeper reading plan:  2 Samuel 23

Prayer focus:  For me, I will be praying prayers of gratitude for all God gives me and His unending, boundless grace that falls upon us wave after wave.

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