Reaching America's Law Enforcement for Christ
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Whether you are an officer who is new to the faith, a seasoned believer, or unsure of where you are spiritually, it is our desire
that these quick and simple truths from God's Word will encourage you in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
(A devotional is posted 2 days a week. Circumstances, such as traveling may occasionally delay new postings).
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE:
And He said unto another, Follow me.
But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go
and bury my father. Jesus said unto
him, Let the dead bury their dead: but
go thou and preach the kingdom of
God. And another also said, Lord, I
will follow thee; but let me first go bid
them farewell, which are at home at
my house. And Jesus said unto him,
No man, having put his hand to the
plow,
and looking back, is fit for the
kingdom of God.
Luke 9:59-62
I WILL FOLLOW YOU, BUT....
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We all know that being an LEO can be costly. We know what it's like to spend Christmas answering
calls, or to miss an anniversary, or to get a subpoena that interferes with a planned vacation. It
requires commitment to do the job of a LEO, and anything less can end a career quickly.

Commitment is also required in being a follower of Christ. Looking at today's text, we see first of all
Jesus calling someone to follow Him. The man responded by saying first allow me to bury my father. To
us this sounds like a reasonable response, but further study of this verse indicates that the man's
father wasn't even dead yet. There are a number of reasons why he may have wanted to wait for him
to die, but the bottom line is that he wanted to wait until it was convenient for him to follow Christ.
Next, we see a man that volunteered to follow Christ, but requested that he first be able to tell his
family good-bye. Again, this sounds reasonable, but Jesus saw through his request and recognized a lack
of commitment.

Somehow, man has gotten the idea that we can serve God at our leisure with no personal cost, and that
He is thankful for our efforts. However, this is contrary to what the Bible teaches, and in fact we can
expect a cost in following our Lord. There is a popular saying that goes like this: "If He is not Lord of
all, He is not Lord at all". Is Jesus Christ truly Lord of your life, or are there limitations on when and
where you will follow Him? Looking back at the responses from these two men we notice two words that
are used by both, "but", and "first". If our response to Christ leading our lives includes the word "but",
then we are putting conditions on our obedience. If our response includes the word "first", then we are
placing something else ahead of Christ. Jesus is calling us to follow Him, and in so doing He expects our
immediate and unconditional obedience. The moment we say "but", or "first", we immediately hinder His
work in and through us. It is a privilege to serve the King of kings, and Lord of lords, and not a chore.
Let's be sure that Christ is truly the Lord of our lives with no regard to the cost, and without looking
back.