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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Who I # One?

"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of the Lord" (Lk.9:62).

Jesus had a tremendous following as He went about teaching and healing. He was so popular that many wanted to follow Him everywhere He went. Just before today's verse, there was one who said; "I will follow you wherever you go" (V 57) To this man, Jesus replied; "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" (V 58). He said "follow me" to another man who replied; "First let me go home to bury my father" (V 59) To him Jesus said; "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God" (V 60). Finally, another said; "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-bye to my family" (V 61) Jesus' reply was today's verse. We live in a culture today that puts a premium on being # 1... At athletic contests everywhere, styro-foam fingers proclaiming that "we are # 1" are displayed. This attitude is carried over into life, as people strive to be # 1 at literally everything. No don't get me wrong, striving to be successful in life should be important to us all, but there are greater priorities that ought to accompany it... In Luke 9:57-62 Jesus explains those priorities. Each person said they wanted to follow Jesus, but it had to be done on their own terms. We certainly live in a society that lauds putting self first, and then other things in a decreasing importance. I guess that we know of it as the old "looking out for # 1" philosophy... Earlier in Luke chapter 9, Jesus set forth the rules in regard to becoming one of His followers... "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (V 23).... The looking out for # 1 mentality was fundamentally opposed to Jesus' idea of how He should be followed. We will look at some of the ways that looking at ourselves as # 1 can be detrimental to ourselves and the church in the next few devotionals...

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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