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In January of 2017, I changed the tagline, or brand of my writing and speaking ministry from Disciple's Walk, established in the 1990s, to Long-View Living in a Short-View World, a phrase that came from my manuscript for The Christ Saturated Life.

Those of us who live life with the long view embrace the idea that we are eternal beings. Yes, we will each die someday, and our physical bodies will decay for a time, but there is a soul within us that is created for eternity. I want the eternity of my soul to be lived with Jesus, rather than apart from him. That's Long-View Living.

The concept of eternity is ubiquitous in the pages of scripture. I once heard the Bible described as "a book of eternity." We first see this idea clearly expressed at the close of song of Moses in Exodus 15, immediately after God triumphed over Pharaoh's army by swallowing it up in the Red Sea.

"The LORD shall reign for ever and ever." - Exodus 15:18, NASB

We are Eternal


The concept of eternity, forever, everlasting, is found in excess of six hundred times in the Bible. To really drive the point home, the concept is amplified forty-nine of those times with a redundancy saying, "forever and ever," or "from everlasting to everlasting." The last of these redundancies is seen in the beautiful description of God's people around the throne of God in the last chapter of the Bible.

"No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever." - Revelation 22:3-5, NIV

God wants very much for us to understand that he is eternal, that we are eternal, and that it is his desire for us to exist in eternity in his presence.

The Creation is Eternal


Even the creation is forever. It may change form and function over time, but it is established forever and ever. The heavens, the heights, the sun, moon, stars, and waters...

"Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away." - Psalm 148:5-6, NASB

God's Word is Eternal


Not only are we eternal men and women, and not only is God's creation eternal ... his word is eternal, standing sure and steadfast.

"All His precepts are sure.
They are upheld forever and ever;
- Psalm 111:7b-8a, NASB

"So I will keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever."
- Psalm 119:44, NASB

Embrace the Long View


It is easy to fall lazily, or perhaps fearfully to a myopic view of life, one so consumed by the urgencies of today that we cannot even give thought to tomorrow. My challenge to you is to leave both of those behind, to think not only of today, or tomorrow, but rather think well beyond even tomorrow or the day after. Think eternity. Take the Long View.

Even those who refuse God, who deny and reject him and his word, even they will endure their own forever.

"You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins."
- Psalm 9:5b-6a, NASB

"And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night." - Revelation 14:11a, NASB

But not so for us, those who embrace Long-View Living in a Short-View World. We have a glorious future awaiting us, one bathed in love and beauty indescribable.

"But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children."
- Psalm 103:17, NASB

I'll see you there, my friend!

Victoriously in Christ!

- damon

Over to you: Where do you see yourself focusing on the now rather than the forever and ever?

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Years ago, I came to the conclusion that I have only two types of relationships with other people. There are those who are in the body of Christ, and I fellowship with them on that basis, encouraging and exhorting as appropriate. Then there are those who are not in the body of Christ, and I am trying to lead them there. That's it. There is no other scenario.

In view of the reality stated above, sharing the gospel (good news) of Jesus becomes a paramount concern, and it is something that all of us have a calling and responsibility to do. If you doubt that, consider the final words of Jesus in Matthew 28:

"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'" - Matthew 28:18-20, NASB

In this final word, Jesus commanded his disciples to go and make disciples, and then to teach those disciples to obey everything that he had commanded. Well, what is it that he just commanded them to do? To go make disciples, and teach them to obey all commands, which includes going and making disciples who would then teach those disciples to go make disciples. This is a cyclical, self-perpetuating command. Every one of us is granted this privilege and responsibility to go make disciples.

Now that we know that, and before the anxiety level red-lines, and the stomach acid overflows, let me share with you why it is that this should cause you no great concern.

The apostle Paul said to the church in Rome:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16, NASB

An entire industry has sprung up around the fears, anxieties, and hesitancy many feel when attempting to obey the command of Jesus to go and make disciples. A plethora of how-to books and training seminars promise to infuse us with knowledge and confidence to make us adequate to the task. Men and women prance around on stages shouting impressively as the sweat rolls down their faces because they are working so hard to tell the crowd about Jah - heeeeee - zus with a level of showmanship that I could never hope to emulate (nor would I want to). The printing industry rolls out tracts, fliers, posters, and bumper stickers with clever wording and eye-catching graphics, all designed to compel men and women into the kingdom.

All of that is rot.

Consider, again, Paul's word to the church in Rome - that he is not ashamed of the gospel, because IT is the power of God for salvation.

The power is not in me, my presentation style, the cleverness of my words, my salesmanship, my finesse, my diction, my accent, the graphics or PowerPoint I choose to employ - none of that! The power is in the gospel, and if we could but return to that simplicity, we would see the name of Jesus spreading to all humanity, preaching the gospel to every creature as Jesus commanded (Mark 16:15).

Even in the person to whom we speak - the power is not in them. The power is in the gospel as we speak it, and in the gospel as they hear it.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;" - Ephesians 2:8, NASB

"So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ." - Romans 10:17, CSB

In John's gospel, Jesus has been saying some very hard things to the disciples, almost as though he were trying to shake them awake, to get them to think beyond what they have always been taught and their long-held beliefs. In the middle of that discourse, he said this:

"The Spirit is the one who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." - John 6:63

It is the Spirit who gives life. It is not our flesh, or our efforts. It is not our cleverness or skill. It is the Spirit! And Jesus just said here that his words are spirit, and they are life! And so it becomes tremendously important for us to know what those words are.

My message of encouragement for you today is to spend time with your Bible, and particularly spend time in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and even more particularly spend time with the words Jesus spoke in those four gospels. Read them. Meditate on them. Engrave them on your heart and mind. And then share them with others. Those words are spirit, and they are life to all who hear!

Victoriously in Christ!

- damon

Over to you: When do you or will you set aside time to meditate on Jesus' words? Do you have a special place to do that?

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10/11/2017 9:41:33 AM
Wendy L Macdonald

Thank you, Damon, for the reminder that only the Living Word has the power to save. We're responsible to share Truth as the Spirit prompts and empowers us to. There's relief and rest in remembering He is able to "root and establish" us and others in His Love. The more morning Bible reading times I have, the more I love His Word.

Blessings ~ Wendy Mac

 

10/11/2017 11:32:37 AM
Damon J. Gray

Oh, indeed Wendy!  Not only that, but we do well to remember that it is the Spirit that does the convicting (John 16:8), not our fine sounding arguments and irrefutable logic. Beyond that, it is the Holy Spirit (not me) who guides us into all truth (John 16:13). And it is the Father (not me) who "draws" the unbeliever to himself. The point is, NONE of this is on our shoulders.  We are simply called to tell the story, and to teach men and women to be disciples.

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Faith is neither static nor instantaneous. It is not something we stumble upon and immediately understand. Neither is faith a one-size-fits-all proposition. In saying this, I am not rejecting the idea of truth and error, but rather acknowledging that faith grows as we grow. The faith that sustains me in my walk as a disciple and in my circumstance may have properties and characteristics that would be wholly inadequate for your walk as a disciple and your circumstance. The faith I embrace may differ substantially both in character and degree from the faith you embrace. Even within the individual, one’s faith today will most likely differ from the faith embraced last week, last month, or last year. Faith grows and morphs over time as our understanding and insight grow.

Carefully consider Paul’s words to the church in Philippi.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. - Philippians 3:12-16, NIV-1984

For the longest time, I wrestled with the meaning of this passage. Obviously, Paul is saying he has not arrived, he is not yet complete. He says all who are mature should hold such a view of themselves. Those who are mature have the healthiest understanding of their immaturity.

Then we come to the puzzle in the last two sentences: If you think differently, God will make it clear to you, but live up to what you have attained. The older I get, the more I have come to believe this passage is describing exactly what I said above, that my faith today is quantifiably different than my faith ten years ago. The key is in the last sentence: “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”

I suggest this means we should live in light of our understanding. Be true to what you understand right now. Do not violate your own conscience. You understand things to be a certain way. For the sake of your soul and your walk with Christ, be true to that understanding. Over time, your discernment will grow and mature. Continue to be true to your sincere belief. Live up to the understanding you have attained.

Faith is not a monolithic, one-dimensional, singular entity that has but one face, one color, one fragrance. It is multifaceted, multidimensional, and appears differently depending on one’s angle to the Son.

Victoriously in Christ!

- damon

- Adapted from Finding Faith in Slow Motion, Introduction, by Damon J. Gray

Over to you: Where do you struggle with believing your faith is adequate as it stands today?

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Prerequisite Courses



When attending a well-run university, every first-year student is strongly urged, if not required, to spend time with a counselor, one who will guide the student through the maze of required and optional courses in such a way that the student will earn the necessary number and classification of credits to be awarded their degree. When I enrolled at Baker University, before even attending my first class, I knew exactly what courses I would be taking from my first day, every day, every quarter, including summer courses, until my degree was conferred in December of 1983.

Looking through the course catalog, I spotted a number of courses that aroused my interest: courses which, for me, would be considered elective courses since they did not lend themselves directly to my chosen field of study. Those enticing courses, however, usually had two or three prerequisite courses attached to them, meaning I was welcome to enroll in them, but only after successfully completing the prerequisite courses which did not hold my interest. I was unwilling to spend 24 weeks grinding my way through the basics of something I did not care about in order to enjoy the course in which I actually wanted to enroll. For me, it was something of an acid test, a measure of my willingness to slog through something tedious in order to enjoy the blessings of the course I found so interesting.

Prerequisite to following Christ Jesus is a full reckoning of the consequences such a decision carries with it – the costs attached, the preconditions involved. As large crowds followed Jesus, rather than bask in his popularity, counting his Twitter followers or the number of Likes on his Facebook page, Jesus turned to the people, almost as though he were turning on them, and explained to them that following him is not an easy thing to do.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any one of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14:28-33, NIV-1978

Jesus is describing prerequisites.

Before finalizing our resolution to follow Jesus, it is imperative that each of us invest the time required to determine whether or not this is a race we can run to the finish. Without such a consideration, resulting in a positive conclusion, Jesus says I cannot be his disciple.

It is worthy of note that in saying this Jesus is not laying down a prohibition, but rather making a statement regarding my abilities. He is not saying he forbids me being his disciple. The literal reading of his statement says that I do not have the “power” to be his follower. I do not possess the tools necessary to complete the task, because I have not enrolled in, and completed, the prerequisite courses – giving up everything, including myself.

Ignoring the Prerequisites


In the previous three articles, we looked at prerequisite courses that are tied to making a commitement to follow Jesus. Today, we look at what happens when we ignore those prerequisites.

I had a dog during most of my life as a youth. I do not mean to be indelicate here, but one of the more unsettling aspects of having a dog is watching what that dog does when it vomits. Having expelled something from its stomach, something to which the dog’s body was objecting, a dog will complete the experience by licking up the very thing that was making it sick. Peter references this distasteful act to describe how it is for those who abandon their new life in Christ.

"It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: 'A dog returns to its vomit,' and, 'A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.'" - 2 Peter 2:21-22, NIV-1978

When we rid our lives of the poison of sin, it is both dangerous and foolish to lick up that poison. If I cannot follow Jesus whole-heartedly, then I am better off to not follow him at all. Jesus said as much in his message to the church at Laodicea.

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. - Revelation 3:15-16, NASB

Few things are as irritating as indifference or apathy – just not caring one way or the other. If you are passionately for me, or against me, at least I know where you stand. In the Midwest U.S. people will occasionally describe themselves or others as "riding the fence," as though they are somewhat allied with Christ, yet not fully committed. They are "on the fence," or so it is believed.

Jesus has a differing viewpoint in this matter. "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." (Matthew 12:30, NASB) I cannot be on the fence, because according to Jesus, there is no fence on which to be. There is no neutral gear in this automobile. It goes forward, or backward. I am on the home team or the visiting team. There are no spectators. Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other." (Luke 16:31a, NASB)

The context of that statement from Jesus is a financial context, but the truth of his statement goes far beyond money. It is not possible to serve competing masters. Any attempt to do so will result in frustration and misery. "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall." (Luke 11:17b, NASB) Jesus said to Satan himself, "It is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and serve Him only.'" (Matthew 4:10b, NASB) We do not put our hand to the plow of service, and then look lovingly and longingly backward at the bondage from which we have been set free.

The church in Corinth struggled with this issue to such an extent that the apostle Paul devoted much of 1st Corinthians chapter 10 to trying to shake them loose from it. He stressed the truth that we cannot drink the cup of idolatry and the cup of Christ. We cannot partake in the table of the Lord and the table of demons. The summation of it all is, "Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31b, NASB) James says it this way:

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. - James 4:7-10, NASB

When I came to Christ in January of 1983, I came from a life of excess, a life in which I was self-serving and self-consumed, drowning in my own pursuit of pleasure in a plethora of drugs, alcohol, late nights/early mornings, sexual gratification, and pornography. It was a disgusting life in which people were not people to me. They were tools, a means to an end and the end was always my ego, my pleasure. The addictions were strong and relentless, white-knuckled in the grip they had upon my life.

The life to which Jesus was calling me could not possibly have been more estranged from the life I was living. I knew that if I was going to “do” this new Christian life, I was going to have to embrace it with a wide-open throttle, never looking back. I had to be so completely engaged that there was no chance for the pull from the past to drag me back into its claws.

If that sounds over-the-top, or unusual in any way, then it indicates the need for a re-examination of the calling with which you have been called, because that is precisely what Jesus requires of us. That is the prerequisite course.

Victoriously in Christ!

- damon

- Adapted from The Christ Saturated Life, Chapter 2 - Prerequisite Courses, by Damon J. Gray

Over to you: Why is Jesus so hard-line about the 'all or nothing' commitment to which he calls us?

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Three Would-Be
Christ-Followers


As was common with many teachers of his day, as Jesus walked from place to place, a whole company of people walked with him – not just his coterie of disciples. As they did so, it was understood that they were listening to Jesus teach, discussing amongst themselves what he was saying, and even occasionally sidling up next to him to pose a question, or to make a remark. We see three abrupt examples of this behavior in Luke 9:57-62. We know from verse 51 that Jesus is headed toward Jerusalem, that he knows he is going there to die, and so it seems likely that these three encounters occurred while Jesus was on his way there.

Each candidate stands before Jesus pledging potential membership in his collective, but each offer to follow comes with some qualifications, or modifications to the proposed agreement. In his response, as is sometimes the case, Jesus comes off as rather harsh. This section of Luke is often seen as useful for reckoning the cost of following Jesus, because following him is a call to a rigorous life of disciplined commitment, and a prerequisite course for following Jesus is coming face-to-face with and accepting that cost.

Would-be Follower #1


As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, "I will follow You wherever You go." And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." - Luke 9:57-58, NASB

Here we have a member of the crowd who wants very much to look like a disciple. He or she may even be sincere in the expressed desire to join Jesus' company of disciples, while being unaware of exactly what such a decision involves. The response from Jesus is clearly designed to begin that line of consideration. "Son, I do not believe you have fully considered what you are proposing. I am something of a vagabond. I have no permanent residence, and typically use a stone for a pillow. If you follow me, that is what your life will look like. Are you ready for a life like that?"

In contemporary society, when one makes the statement that they wish to follow Jesus, our typical response is one of joy or elation. We encourage them and affirm their decision. Rarely do we see Christ-followers sit the deciding individual down, saying, "Wait just a minute. Not so fast. There are some things you really need to consider before making such a declaration." Yet that is precisely what Jesus has just done. Jesus has pulled the reins back on this would-be follower and directed them to re-think their proposal.

Furthermore, following Jesus has the side-effect of making a man or woman intensely unpopular with the world. The apostle Paul warned Timothy of this in his second letter to Timothy. "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted," I am struck by the certainty of that verse. Paul does not say, it could happen, or that it might happen. He said it will happen.

In light of that reality, we do not follow Jesus lightly or haphazardly. We do not follow Jesus because he is interesting. We do not follow Jesus for material gain or for status. We do not follow Jesus because it is a fad. We follow him because we can do nothing else but that. It is an all-consuming, life-altering resolution. A preparatory course for following Jesus is earnestly considering the implications of doing so.

Would-be Follower #2


He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." - Luke 9:59-60, NIV-1978

This would-be follower is distinguished from the first in that it is Jesus who initiates the discussion, telling the man, "Follow me." We do not know what precipitated that call to follow, but we do know what happened immediately afterward. The man agreed to follow Jesus on the condition that he first be allowed to go bury his father. Taken at face value, it seems that there is a pending funeral, and once that service is completed, the man is willing to come follow Jesus.

As a young believer, this passage bothered me a great deal. It seemed so harsh, so devoid of the compassion I had come to know in Jesus. It was not until I figured out that this man's father is not dead, or even seriously ill, that it began to make sense to me. Had this man's father just died, he would not even be here for Jesus to extend the invitation to follow him. Rather, he would be busy with burial arrangements since it was the custom of the Jews to bury their dead on the same day they died. If this man's father were alive, but seriously (terminally) ill, he would be asking Jesus for a healing, rather than time to complete burial rites.

The society in the context of this passage is one in which a male, particularly the eldest son, has a sacred responsibility to stay at home and care for his father until his father is in the ground. The man called to follow Jesus in this event is not asking to finalize a pending burial, but is instead asking permission to care for his father until his father is resting peacefully in his grave.

Even today, this same idiom is used in the middle-east, and everyone understands what is meant when they hear it. If a young Middle Eastern man announces his intentions to immigrate to the West, his friends will gently rebuke him asking, "Will you not first bury your father?" In doing so, they are imploring the man to recognize his father's authority, and his responsibility to his father. Once the man's father is dead, the young man is free to do whatever he pleases. What this would-be disciple is telling Jesus is that even if he wants to follow, he cannot do so until his father's authority is buried with him in the grave.

In Luke 15, we have the story from Jesus commonly known as "the prodigal son," a parable in which a brash young man approaches his father and demands his share of the inheritance. In sharp contrast to the man who has just told Jesus, "I must first bury my father, and my father's authority," the prodigal in Luke 15 has quite rudely said to his father, "Father, I can no longer wait around for you to die. I want my inheritance now." As long as the man's father is alive, the father's authority is intact, despite the fact that the man is thirty and the father is fifty-five. This cultural reality is the source of the conflict between this would-be disciple and Jesus.

Would-be Follower #3


Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." - Luke 9:61-62, NIV-1978

As with our second would-be disciple, the response of Jesus to this man comes off as a bit harsh. We reason within ourselves that all the man wants, after all, is to say "Good-bye." What could be so wrong with that? We know that Elisha was allowed to kiss his father and mother good-bye when Elijah called him to his prophetic ministry. Indeed, it would seem rather rude to do otherwise, would it not? What kind of family member disappears without so much as a word? If one of my children did such a thing, I would be deeply concerned regarding their whereabouts, and their unannounced disappearance. How many faces have we seen on milk cartons of those who have simply vanished with no warning and no trace?

The reality of the event is that this man is not asking to say a simple good-bye to family members. He wants to "apotaksasthai" – to take his leave of them. Consider yourself at a gathering with friends when you realize the hour is getting late. You are likely to locate the host who invited you to the gathering so that you can take your leave of them. This is not unlike what the man is explaining to Jesus. He is proposing that he be allowed run home quickly and obtain permission to separate himself from the family, suggesting that he withdraw from that arrangement. The same term is used of a soldier who is attached to, and detached from, an assignment.

The earliest known gospel manuscript translation is the Syriac version, commonly called The Diatessaron, a harmony of the Gospels done by Tatian in the late second century AD. In this early melding of the four gospels Tatian translates the response of the third would-be disciple something like, "...let me go and explain my case to those at home." Similarly, Eugene Peterson's The Message says it in this way, "but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home," and Young translates it, "but first permit me to take leave of those in my house."

These translators knew perfectly well that the man was not going home to say good-bye to mom and dad, but rather that he is going home to get permission from dad to allow him to follow this new rabbi. He wants to appear willing to follow Jesus, but as with the second disciple, he recognizes that he must secure permission from the head of his house. This permission is not likely to be granted, thus the man leaves himself well-positioned to appear as one who would have followed Jesus if only his father were more understanding and willing to allow him to do so.

Matthew Henry suggests that for the man "to go and bid them farewell that were at home at his house would be to expose himself to the strongest solicitations imaginable to alter his resolution." Fausset, Jamieson, and Brown take a similar view, saying, "Those Hindu converts of our day who, when once persuaded to leave their spiritual fathers in order to 'bid them farewell which are at home at their house,' rarely return to them." There can be no divided loyalties with the follower after Christ. When I make my decision to follow, I cannot be second-guessing, and I cannot serve two masters. I cannot be faithful to, or responsible to more than one leader.

As one who grew up in Kansas farming communities, the plowing metaphor resonates with me. Every young man or woman taught to drive a non-GPS-enabled tractor, knows that you pick a point on the horizon and you drive straight toward that point. Otherwise, all your plowed rows are wavy and crooked. You do not veer left or right, and you certainly do not look behind you. The Christ-follower single-mindedly keeps his or her eyes on one thing, and that is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Victoriously in Christ!

- damon

- Adapted from The Christ Saturated Life, Chapter 2 - Prerequisite Courses, by Damon J. Gray
- Next week: Part 4, Ignoring Prerequisite Courses

Over to you: What fine-sounding excuses have you used, or heard others use, to avoid following Jesus without wavering?

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