Last week we witnessed another epic failure of an athlete who lost a medal for losing concentration. Molly Huddle had all but guaranteed a bronze medal in the 10,000m event at the World Athletic Championships in Beijing when with only two meters left, she started celebrating and was passed by fellow American Emily Infeld at the finish line.

Watching the video and seeing the expression of disappointment in Molly’s face reminded me of something Jesus said, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62).

Jesus was tslking to a group of potential disciples. He was telling them that when He calls you have a decision to make. And the decision will land you on either side of the commitment continuum: either all in or you are not. You can’t flinch, you shouldn’t delay and you must never look back.

An world class athlete knows that he/she cannot succeed without total dedication and discipline to the cause of wining. They are told from day one that they just run through the finish line. Yet, Molly is certainly not the first one to make that mistake.

Jesus’ disciples are told that there is no such a thing as an undecided follower. No one should ever be on the fence when it comes to Jesus. All of those considering His calling and demands upon their lives will never be the same again. For Matthew all it took was a look. For Paul a terrifying vision from heaven. What about you: What will it take for you to follow Him with purpose and abandon?

This Sunday at Grace Church we will tell stories if people who took Jesus’ call seriously this summer and went to spread Jesus’ love here and abroad. We will celebrate the joys of being “full on” for Christ.

Make sure you join us this Sunday and remember never to look back.

Pastor Ivanildo C. Trindade

Lead Pastor, Grace Church, Lititz, PA