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Summary: Faithfulness, backsliding, living for Jesus

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NO U TURNS

Luke 9:62 (p734) May 20, 2012

INTROUDUCTION:

I married a native Floridian…worked and lived in Florida for 2 summers…yes…those two things went together, but I noticed something about driving in Florida U turns are legal…not everywhere …but in a lot of places U turns are allowed and perfectly legal.

I will not make any snide comments about Florida drivers…about older drivers or …to be politically correct “Chronologically challenged” drivers needing to turn around because they forget where they were going.

U turns are really helpful if you’re headed in the wrong direction and need to get back on course quickly…”Man, I missed my street…let’s do an U’eee”

[A Senior citizen was driving down the freeway when his wife called his cell phone. “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on the Gene Snyder…Please be careful- - It’s not just one car said Herman. [“It’s Hundreds of them!”] Herman needed to do an U’eee bad!

But there are places that U turns are dangerous…U turns just aren’t allowed. And one of those places is in the Kingdom of God….One of those places is on the narrow road of discipleship as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

When it comes to following Jesus…”No U turns allowed”

Let me be perfectly clear about this road sign and what it means and doesn’t mean in our lives…first of all

I JESUS ISN’T REFERRING TO SIN AFTER OUR CALLING

There were individuals, and we talked about them last week in Romans chapter 6 that wanted to use their salvation as a means to continue in sin…but not be accountable. Basically it’s….”I don’t want to change the road I’m on…but I’d prefer it not lead to destruction.”

So, I want to continue in my own selfishness and sin, but I want to go to heaven because I’ve said a prayer or “got baptized”

That‘s the very reason the apostle Paul wrote

Romans 6: 1-4 (p799)

What the apostle is clearly saying is…when you were buried with Christ in baptism…you surrender control of your life...you changed roads…and now Jesus drives the car… not you. His Spirit, guides you, convicts you, and comforts you. It’s a brand new you on a brand new journey…headed in a brand new direction… We’re going from death to life…like going from darkness to light.

“You can’t put new wine in old wineskins or sew a new patch on an old garment…just doesn’t work!” (Luke 5: 36-39)

Our battle with sin isn’t over…but the wineskin is new….the garment that needs patching is new... It’s not a coincidence that Romans Chapter 7 flows from Romans chapter 6…Romans chapter 7 reveals a disciples struggle with sin….How God’s law reveals what is right and what is wrong…and through this revelation we become conscious of how sinful we are.


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