8th September 2019

Fixed Point

“Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?”
James 2:5 (ESV)

Have you ever had the opportunity to plough a field? It’s not easy.

I know a man who spent a summer as a teenager working on his uncle’s farm. He was thrilled when he got his hands on the large farm tractor. His uncle tried to teach him how to plough the weeds between the rows of flourishing soya bean plants. He was to keep his eyes on a fixed visual point which his uncle had set ahead of the tractor. When he came to the end of a row, he would have to lift the blades, turn the tractor around and then reset the ploughs—again, focusing on a new fixed point. At first all went well. But sometimes he would lose sight of the fixed point. He recalls the sinking feeling of looking back at his work only to discover that instead of ploughing between the soya bean plants, he had ploughed between the weeds. His uncle was patient, but when the price of training began to exceed the profit of farming, his young nephew’s duties were reassigned.

This story reminds me of the over-zealous disciples and under-eager villagers who wanted to follow Jesus—but had their own ‘fixed point’ in mind. Jesus’ response to this was: “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). That can be a disheartening thing to hear for anyone excited about following Jesus. As the young nephew who did more damage than good, we too often put our hand to the plough only to find that we are not fit for the job.

Before we get too discouraged though, see how Luke records the beginning of this story: “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). It is Jesus who has put his hand to the plough. Jesus set his sight on the ‘fixed point’ of the cross where he removed the weeds of sin from his Father’s field. As we turn to him, we find that he is our new ‘fixed point’ that enables us to plough ahead into the kingdom into which he is bringing us. And as we enter daily into his kingdom, we encounter his Father in the Spirit, who has made us his ‘fixed point’. With Jesus’ hands on the plough, we can know he will never turn his back on us.

Gracious Father, focusing on the promises given to us gives us a ‘fixed point’ in our Christian lives. Help us, please, only to strengthen that vision. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Heber Ticas

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ ( https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintend of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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