ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES by Sally Bair
Ducks in a Row
The phrase, “Having all your ducks in a row,” means that we have things under control, in order, or all set up for the next task. Here are a few examples.
“My house has to be in better order before I can invite the neighbors in.” “How can I spend an hour, even a half hour a day in prayer, when I still have kids at home?” “I can’t join the fitness center until I lose more weight.” “Wait till I have more money … more time … a nap … a cleaner desk.” “Wait till I eat … exercise … call my mother.”
A typical excuse is, “I can’t accept the Lord in faith until I get rid of my habit of …” In fact, there is no end of excuses we can find for putting off our decision to become a follower of Christ. But we must realize that Christ must be the first duck in our row. Everything else will fall in place after we make the decision to follow Him. We don’t have to mistakenly think we don’t know enough about God or the Bible, or that other things are more important. When we choose to seek His will, that is to trust and obey Him, then we’ll find all our ducks in a row. We’ll find abundant life in body, soul, and spirit.
Jesus asked a simple question of His disciples: “Follow me.” James and John, sons of Zebedee, immediately left their father and their livelihood as fishermen, when Jesus called them to follow him. Those who left everything—job, family, friends—were the ones who gained the most. They learned to love and serve. They received God’s power. They were blessed with every kind of blessing of the spiritual kind as they walked in joyful, humble, sacrificial love to their very death. That’s what Jesus is asking of us, too.
Conversely, one disciple, not of the twelve, said to Him, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’” (Matthew 8:19-22)
Lord, help me remember that I don’t have to have all my ducks in a row before following You. Forgive me for making excuses. Compel me through the power of Your Holy Spirit and Your Word to choose You as my leader every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.