Sunday, July 1, 2007

Fit for the Kingdom of God

Our Gospel passage for today (Luke 9:51-62) tells of Jesus headed for Jerusalem for the last time before his death on the Cross. Jesus encounters various persons who might be interested in following him. He says to one, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for he kingdom of God."

As he went along toward Jerusalem, Jesus also encountered people whom he called to be with him and to follow him. This is the way in which Jesus had called the first disciples. James and John, the sons of Zebebee, the “sons of Thunder” who wanted to call down fire on the Samaritan village, had been called in this way.

Jesus had walked along by the Sea of Galilee and simply said to them, “Follow me” and they left their father in the boat with the hired hands and followed Jesus. They made no excuses as this other person had done. They did not say, “Sure, Jesus – we’ll be right there – just as soon as our dad dies and we set the estate in order.” No – they followed without delay. Most people whom Jesus called were soon looking at him walking away if they did not get up and follow him.

If we would walk with Jesus, we would get in shape and be fit for the Kingdom of God. It's a daily thing.

In peace,


The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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