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September 21st, 2017
You might jokingly say it’s your boss or your spouse, but realistically most of us would probably say we are the ones who ultimately decide what we will do and when we will do it. We like to be in charge. But Jesus challenges us to reconsider that. If we are truly going to follow Him, we have to be willing to let our Lord make some schedule changes.
"And He said to another, 'Follow Me.' But he said, 'Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.' But He said to him, 'Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.'” (Luke 9:59-60)
Jesus' response can sound pretty harsh here, but underlying it is a matter of who is in charge of our schedules. Who is calling the shots? If it’s the Lord, we’ll go when He asks us to go. If it’s us, we’ll be like the next guy mentioned in the book of Luke.
"Another also said, 'I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.' But Jesus said to him, 'No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'" (Luke 9: 61-62)
“Remember, you made your schedule, and you can change it. Pray about your day, your week, and your life goals to find out what God wants you to do, and what He doesn't want you to do. If you don't do what God is telling you to do, you may let people control and manipulate you to do what they want you to do. You may end up doing things for which you are not anointed. If you do what God tells you to do, He will bless you with joy, peace, rest, and wonderful relationships.” (From Let God Set Your Agenda by Joyce Meyer)
So, what about those times when we’ve heard that still small voice say, “Call this person now,” and we’ve decided there were other things we’d rather do. How about when we’ve felt nudged to work on forgiving someone, but we’ve turned that thought aside? Maybe the problem is our schedule is so packed with obligations and busyness that we can’t even hear His call. The point is, Jesus is asking us to follow Him in a number of different ways. The question is, when He wants to alter our plans, what takes priority? our schedule? or His?