Looking Ever Forwards

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Luke 9:62 – Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." (NIV)

Have you ever driven a car and attempted to do something else at the same time, like change a tape, talk to child in the back seat, or look at a map? As soon as you take your eyes off the road, the car is in danger. Often we get away with it, though!

On Sunday, I was asked how close I am to Jesus. The preacher used the example of the apostle John, the one whom Jesus loved. He was the one who was chosen by Jesus to comfort His mother at the crucifixion, because he could be trusted to love and show compassion. He was also the one who was fit to carry God's Revelation of the future for the world.

John knew Jesus because he kept his eyes fixed on the incarnate, and later the risen, Jesus. We can come to know Jesus by reading the Word daily, and by prayer. It keeps us forward-looking, ploughing our furrow straight into life.

I believe this Jesus-relationship is an open-ended offer for us to be with Him, one of the intimate group, because Jesus is ever-present: two thousand years ago, today, and tomorrow. We too can rest in Jesus' presence, and talk to Him in confidence, because we have nothing to hide. It is our choice when it starts and finishes in His presence — even through our bus-I-ness, we can be one with the Father and the Son via the Holy Spirit.

I try not to look over my shoulder, or stretch my gaze to the horizon, but I often fail. For example, I wonder what might have been if I were not here. However, I know that, today, if I will, I can commune with Jesus wherever I am. Jesus waits eagerly for each of us to spend time in communion with Him.

John 17:20-23 – My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world will believe you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, forgive our lack of faith. We are so sorry that, all too often, we put other people, things, good ideas, or sleep, before resting in Your presence. Grant that we may know Your saving presence with us today, so that we can rest in You, can know Your Word and Your love in our hearts, and can be Your ambassadors where we are. Lord, as different as we are, we are Yours. Grant that we will be ever looking forward together to see Your kingdom come in us. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickhenrymarshall@gmail.com>
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