Refusing to Receive

Have you ever had one of those dreaded cards through the door from the postman, saying that there wasn’t enough postage on a letter, and that you had to go and collect it and pay for it?

At our sorting office they always show you the envelope and give you the choice as to whether you want to pay for it or not.  Now I am nosey, sorry interested, and so I always have to find out what it is.  But the option is there to receive it or not.  There is a choice to be made.

Decisions, decisions
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Luke 9:51-62

A Samaritan Village Refuses To Receive Jesus

51 Not long before it was time for Jesus to be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem. 52 He sent some messengers on ahead to a Samaritan village to get things ready for him. 53 But he was on his way to Jerusalem, so the people there refused to welcome him. 54 When the disciples James and John saw what was happening, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy these people?”

55 But Jesus turned and corrected them for what they had said. 56 Then they all went on to another village.

Three People Who Wanted To Be Followers

57 Along the way someone said to Jesus, “I’ll go anywhere with you!”

58 Jesus said, “Foxes have dens, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man doesn’t have a place to call his own.”

59 Jesus told someone else to come with him. But the man said, “Lord, let me wait until I bury my father.”

60 Jesus answered, “Let the dead take care of the dead, while you go and tell about God’s kingdom.”

61 Then someone said to Jesus, “I want to go with you, Lord, but first let me go back and take care of things at home.”

62 Jesus answered, “Anyone who starts plowing and keeps looking back isn’t worth a thing to God’s kingdom!”

Jesus does not butt in where he is not wanted.  He is ready and willing to come to anyone, but not if they don’t want him.

So there is a choice to be made – do we want to receive Jesus or not?  Are we going to go where Jesus goes?  Or do we have other things we want to attend to?

It’s a decision each of us has to make for ourselves.  A choice to be made in reality each day of our lives.

Today, Jesus comes to you.  Will you receive him or not?  Will you choose to go where he goes?  Or do you have other things to do?

Lord,
today
I hear your invitation,
your call to me.
Today I have a choice,
to receive you or turn you away,
to go your way or my own.

I stand before you now
and make that choice

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