January 2
‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back, is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’ Luke 9:62
Bible reading: Luke 5:33-39 (Go to the Bible passage)
Levi’s conversion was an annoyance for the pious Jews who knew the law so well. Just imagine: this they called a conversion! Instead of studying the law diligently, this man threw a great party in his house. And just look at the people he had invited! No, Jesus could not possibly be the Messiah. His disciples ate and drank, but there was no fasting involved.
Then - in response to their grumbling - Jesus told them the parable of the young wine. A very topical parable, because it also is a message for the church of our time. The church of Jesus Christ has the tremendous mission in this world to look forward to the fulfillment of Gods promises. But instead of being focused on the future, we often look back on the past with yearning. Some people - alarmed by current developments - wish to see former times return, when principles of dogma were central issues. Others want to return to the time of the first church in Jerusalem. But God asks us if we are willing to be the church of the last hour.
Today’s world is speeding towards its end, which by the way - according to the Bible - will be a new beginning. Nothing of the old order will be found there. All things will be made new. Conservative Christians often do not have a vision for the future: And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’ And who is to argue with that? The advocates of the first Church say, ‘Those were excellent days!’ Oh yes, that is true too, though one should not idealize the past…
But God seeks people who are so enthralled by what He is going to do that they have no time left to look back.
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