|Pastoral Resource Ministries, Inc.
An Outreach Resource Ministry
A Ministry for the Millennium
|Words of Inspiration for the Week of April 18, 2004
Pastor Thelma Gilbert
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|"Putting God On Hold"
|"But he said, Lord let me first go and bury my father." (Luke 9:39
As He made His final trip to Jerusalem Jesusâ€™ imperative to a potential follower was â€œfollow me.â€� Jesus
reply was the above text. Jesus said to him, â€œLeave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you go and
proclaim the kingdom of God.â€�
Wasnâ€™t this callous of Jesus? Didnâ€™t he sympathize with the man and his family? A service person is
allowed by the U. S. to travel thousand of miles to be with his family at death. Would Jesus do less than the
military? Why would the Master say, â€œLeave the dead to bury their own dead." The manâ€™s father was not
dead. This was a figurative way of indicating that he would join Jesus on the death of his father. It could be years
He put God on Hold. Do you like it when the airline, the bus company, some busy entrepreneur puts you on hold
and stays away interminably long? How it frets us.
How often though do we put the Risen Lord on hold? I would love to be with Jesus, butâ€¦
He calls us to prayer but we got up to late. Oh how often have I been guilty. A thousand things push prayer aside
and take precedence. He calls us to church but Iâ€™m so tired on Sunday morning. Iâ€™ve got company and
canâ€™t come. Itâ€™s too rainy outside. Iâ€™ve got to go to Aunt Lucyâ€™s house. I donâ€™t have any
clothes to wear.
Jesus calls us to a thousand duties. Lord itâ€™s good to hear your voice. Yes Iâ€™ll do all of that as soon as I
finish what I am doing. Putting God on Hold? Are you quilty? Remember the hymn writerâ€™s imperative,
Jesus calls us oâ€™er the tumult
Of our lifeâ€™s mild restless, sea.
Day by day his sweet voice soundeth
Saying, Christian follow me.
The Late A. Roger Williams
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God..." (I John 4:7)