Are You Fit For The Kingdom? Part 4of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

In Star Wars Episode 1, George Lucas did something phenomenal with his Star Wars films. He went back to the beginning and helped all those that did not read the books to understand how the whole Star War movies began. However, before George Lucas did this with film, Jesus did this sort of thing when he said “Remember Lot’s wife.” Before “the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens,” God gave Lot’s family a warning through the angel. The angel said “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away! (Genesis 19:17)” I read four instructions here in what seems to me, a purposed order.

1. First he says flee for your lives. Death was on its way from God, and just as God gave Noah a way of escape through the ark, Lot’s family was directed to a way of escape as well from impending wrath.

2. Don’t look back. Sometimes we are not given the why behind the command from God, but are simply told to just obey. Lot’s family knew judgment was ensuing and were told not to look back. Jesus said, Remember Lot’s wife, referencing to her looking back. For whatever reason she turned her head, I don’t know the reason for returning to house or field is to salvage possessions. The Expositors Bible Commentary says, “Lot’s wife, reluctant to leave her old life, looked back to Sodom.”

3. Don’t Stop anywhere in the plains. Many times stopping and looking back go hand in hand. When one stops, their work stops, and their attention is diverted to the world.

4. Flee to the mountains. This allows one to get to higher ground, as they were in the plains. We are to flee the devil and get to higher ground, namely Jesus.

Jesus said “But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything (Luke 17:29-31).”

When the Son returns, there will not be time to look back let alone go back. Luke 17:34–35 reads, I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.’” Even those closely associated (in bed and at work) are separated. Those who look back now and not fit for the Kingdom, and at Christ’s return will not inherit the Kingdom, despite their close relationship to someone that will be taken by Christ. False converts don’t just look back, they go back! Paul wrote in 2Corinthians 13:5,Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” If you are saved then, look forward to the fields that are white unto harvest because the harvest is plenty but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37). Seek and save the lost like Jesus did, there’s only a certain amount of time left.

Until the nets are filled…Blessings Pastor Phil <><

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