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Luke 9:51-62, Cost of Discipleship

Key Verse

Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
— Luke 9:62

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, June 30, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).


Main Idea: God’s work sometimes breaks into our routines at the most inconvenient times. But that’s what makes God’s work worth it.

These words of Jesus’ sound harsh and unforgiving. Did he really intend for a grieving man not to bury his father before he left? And did he expect another to drop everything, not even taking the time to say goodbyes? Maybe Jesus was unaware of the human need to tie up loose ends and to prepare for major change. Or maybe this was Jesus’ way of expressing that they were all about to embark on something even bigger than themselves. Perhaps he was telling them that working toward bringing about the kingdom of God was even more urgent than their other needs.

It is not hard to believe that God’s work sometimes calls us at the most inconvenient times. But sometimes that is also what makes God’s work mysterious and awe-inspiring. When God breaks into our routines, calls us out of our comfort zones, and asks us to do things we don’t want to do, those are often the most profound experiences of our lives. In the end, we realize that the inconvenience was overshadowed by the overwhelming reality of God making God’s presence known in those uncomfortable moments.

Guide me this week, O Lord. Teach me your paths. Amen.


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