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THE LIFE OF THE SOUL
Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Some men and women can see that there is truth in the Christian message, but they are troubled by it and say, "Yes, of course that is what I really must do--but not yet." Take the prayer of Augustine. He was a brilliant philosopher, but he was troubled. He was listening to the preaching of Ambrose, that great preacher in Milan, and he was disturbed by it. He knew it was right and that he was wrong, but he was living with his mistress. And here, you see, is the fight and the conflict. He knew what was right; so he offered this prayer: "Lord, make me chaste: but not yet."
Do you know something about that? "I want to be good, but I also want to have this other thing. 'Suffer me first...'" How many have done this! "Let me make my name first. I do not believe in some of the things I am doing, but they have to be done, and once I have got on, then I will be a thorough Christian. I really will!" And so our Lord confronts this man immediately and shows him that he is all wrong, and He puts it in a very striking manner: "Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God."
Christ says in effect, "The kingdom of God is for live people, not for dead ones. I am not in this world to deal with matters like that. They are all right; there is nothing wrong with a man looking after his aged parents and burying them; but you know, that is not the first thing in life. The first thing in life is the soul! The men and women in My kingdom are alive, awakened to the fact of the soul and its eternal destiny and its relationship to God."
A Thought to Ponder
The first thing in life is the soul!
From The Kingdom of God, pp. 129-130.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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