Luke 4:29

And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

A few times each season (or week), we fall out of love with our driver, sand wedge or putter. During these times, we either put the offending party away or buy a new one which will treat us better. In turn, we either put ourselves at a distance or economical disadvantage because of our disdain. It has to be the club.

These reactions are similar to the world when it is confronted with Jesus or the gospel. They either turn their back to the word or attempt to get rid of the messenger. When Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth after being tempted by the devil in the wilderness, the people were offended by His message about the inclusion of the Gentile people. Additionally, they wanted a miracle.

The fact that Jesus did not act according to their desires is more of indictment on them than a limitation of the power of Jesus. They took him to the city limits in an effort to throw Him over the hill in an attempt to kill him. Ironically, it is now when Jesus performed a miracle and disappeared from their midst.

For both the sinner and the believer, the gospel is convicting. It convicts the sinner of his or her lost condition. The Holy Spirit convicts the believer as to wrongdoing and sinful behavior and leads us into obedience. Our fleshly desires attempt to shield ourselves from conviction because he know our behavior or course of action is contrary to the direction of the spirit. Just as the audience at Nazareth, we would rather blame Jesus and His message than look into our own actions or desires.

In relationship to golf, we would rather buy a new club or not use a club at all than try and learn to swing what we already possess. It is easier that way. We are quick to blame our failures on the club or bad luck instead of taking personal responsibility. The believer possesses all of the power and ability imaginable through the blood of Christ. We must submit and sacrifice ourselves wholly unto His will. Any attempt to lessen or cheapen our relationship with Him limits our power and ability to be influenced by the Holy Spirit.

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