dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 9:28-62 *Me First*

on April 4, 2012

The two phrases at the end of the chapter, “Lord, let me first…” caught my attention because they are unfit to be said together.  If He is Lord, He must be first always.  A lot easier to say than to always do, sadly.

What does Jesus say of those who want to meet their own needs before following Him?  He says, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (62) Why would that be?  Because the kingdom of God is ALL ABOUT THE KING!  We would never treat an earthly king or president that way without punishment from authority for it, and the penalty would be just.  So it is with our Heavenly King and His justice.

The disciples showed the “me first” mentality throughout the second half of this chapter.

  • Verses 28-36.  At the transfiguration they said it is good WE are here, let US…God interrupted their “glorious” ideas with the truth that Jesus is the only One to receive glory.
  • Verses 46-48.  The disciples bickered about who was the greatest among them.  Jesus dispelled their argument by pointing them back to Himself.
  • Verses 49-50.  The disciples were miffed that people were casting out demons in the name of Jesus, and who were not following “with them.”  They didn’t say “following You” or get excited that the miracles were being performed in Jesus’ name.
  • Verses 51-56.  The disciples wanted to destroy a town with fire for not receiving them, when in 9:5 Jesus told them to shake the dust off their feet and move on and leave the judgment to the One who judges justly.

I am like the disciples in so many ways…selfishness and leaning on my own understanding comes so naturally.  

Jesus never exhibited the “me first” philosophy and He had every right to because He is God.  Instead He set His face toward Jerusalem; set His face toward the will of the Father; set His face toward the rescue mission of mankind.

Praise the Lord with me that Jesus never said, “Me first.”

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