Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61-62
Several years after college I began flying lessons at a small airport near my home. One of the many lessons I remember is that upon approaching the field for landing, the pilot was to look all the way down the runway and not stare at the ground right in front of the plane. This long view helped to naturally keep the wings level, the aircraft straight, and the descent at the right angle for a proper, soft landing.
I have often thought of this idea as a spiritual lesson on life. Jesus teaches us to put our hand on the plow, to not look back but to look ahead to face the future. By living our lives taking the long view, always keeping Christ and his kingdom in front of us, we can work towards a better future for all people. Christ calls us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)
During this Advent season, let us pause and reflect on Christ’s birth as a time of renewal and fresh beginning. We can use this time of year to help others by giving generously to our church and to other mission programs that make a real difference in our world. We are truly the hands and feet of Christ. It is our responsibility to work in the world for the betterment of all human kind. When we get tired and discouraged we must remember to pray, asking the Lord to be with us and to strengthen us so we may better serve him and others. During the Christmas season, let us all strive to so order our lives that others may see Christ in us each day.
Prayer: Dear Lord, During this Advent season help us to remember the least, the lost and the last. May we humbly serve others, always remembering to keep you first in our lives. Amen.