6/30/16: No Turning Back

11108199_10153112993399425_5268286081929493881_nWe used to sing a praise song in church that said, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”* Once we start down the road following Jesus, there should be no turning back to what we used to do. Once God calls us to service, He intends for us to proceed forward in that calling.

God had set the children of Israel free from Egyptian bondage with a view to set them up in the land He had promised them – a land flowing with milk and honey. But no sooner were they out on their own facing the first uncertainty of their freedom, their desire was to go back to that from which they had been delivered. When Stephen was retelling this story in the book of Acts, he said it this way, “…And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt… and rejoiced in the works of their own hands” Acts 7:30-41 (NKJ). The result? “Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven” Acts 7:42 (NKJ).

Jesus had called Peter and some of the other disciples from the fishing profession at sea to become fishers of men. But even after seeing their resurrected Master once, barely a week elapsed before Peter announced, “I am going fishing.” The other disciples who were with him said, “We are going with you also.” The result? “They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing” John 21:3 (NKJ).

In the case of the children of Israel, over time, this tendency to “turn back” got them expelled from the Promised Land. In Peter’s case, he received the forgiveness for his backsliding, turned back to following Jesus again, and went on to be a great apostle, spokesman, and leader of the Jerusalem church.

Jesus says, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 (NKJ). Our hearts must be totally into following Jesus, or we’ll follow our tendency to handle our life on our own, live by our own instincts, and survive by the works of our own hands rather than to live trusting the call God’s given. God’s got nothing but wonder upon wonder in store for us. Sing the hymn and mean it, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.

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