“A man said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”… Jesus [said] to another man, “Follow me.” But he 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.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:51-62
Last year our school was chosen to form a partnership with the University of Melbourne in order to continue improving our teaching and learning at Sunshine Christian School. Many of the people who work with us as part of this project encourage us, much like Jesus, ‘to not look back after putting hand to plow’. We have set big goals for our teaching and learning and we have to stay on course to achieve these goals, no matter what the obstacles are.
Taking on big projects in life brings challenges and we know that few worthwhile things in life come without struggle. Having children, purchasing a house, building a church community, improving the way an organisation operates – all of these things require great planning and diligence, but most of all they require resolute commitment to seeing things through.
Among the many tasks that the Father calls us to, there are none more important than proclaiming the kingdom of God. Yet, there are always barriers to doing this. It is very easy to get caught up in our own plans, dreams and desires, and forget what God calls us to do.
Jesus saw proclaiming the Kingdom of God as “to proclaim good news to the poor…to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke)
In a world that continues to be hit with floods, fire, fear and unrest, what better message can the people of God proclaim than this: “God is with us. God cares for us. God designed us to work together in the love demonstrated by our brother and saviour Jesus.”
Let us not get so caught up in other tasks that we neglect to declare the love of God to all who cross our paths.