There is an old gospel song that we used to sing when I was a kid. Everyone in the congregation knew the words, we would stand and sing it loud and with great gusto.
I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, no turning back
Indeed, no turning back.
We cannot look back and yearn for the world. If you have decided to follow Jesus, the world will have no value for you.
Lot’s wife decided that she would flee the wicked city of Sodom with her family and she was given the warning,
Escape for thy life; look not behind thee. Genesis 19:17.
But the temptation was too great, the excitement of the city life and the ways of the sinful people within it beckoned to her. She wavered in her decision and it cost her life. She looked back.
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26
Today, we see Christians who believe it is perfectly acceptable to walk with God on Sunday and the world the rest of the week. It will never work my friend. You must be all in or you are not in at all.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24.
If God says it in the Bible once, we best pay attention, what if He says it twice? See Luke 16:13.
In 1 Kings 18:21, Elijah issued an ultimatum to the people,
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
No answer is an answer. You must make a decision. No decision is a decision.
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:21
After Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt, at his death, Joshua took over the leadership of the people. The Hebrews were a rebellious people and just as Elijah had done so many years before, Joshua issued an ultimatum,
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
The great Apostle Paul made his decision and forged ahead with no regrets.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3:13
You have to be all in, on fire, full throttle. There is no middle ground.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16
You have to make a decision. You cannot walk the narrow road with Jesus and the wide road with the world.
As Paul, I have made my decision. In the words of the old hymn, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”
What about you, my friend? You must make a decision. The road is forked. The narrow path is rocky and difficult. The wide path is filled with all sorts of worldly pleasures. The two paths lead to much different destinations. The narrow path leads to an eternal heavenly home with Jesus Christ, the wide path destination is told to us in Revelation 21:8,
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
In 2 Corinthians 6:2, we are told that we cannot delay our decision. You must make it now.
Today is the day of salvation.
Not tomorrow, for tomorrow may never come. Today. You must make your decision right now. Today.
If you have made a decision today to put your hand to the plow, I encourage you to read The Plan of Salvation. Find a church, seek out Christian friends.
There is no turning back.
May the Lord richly bless you today and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there.