We are exhorted in Luke 9:62 with the words of Jesus, “No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” This statement by Jesus is in the context of discipleship. What does it mean to be a true follower of Christ? It means to give everything over to him…not just in theory but in practice.
Jesus doesn’t want to be first in your life; He wants to be all in your life. I heard it explained like this one time. If you are married or dating someone, imagine coming home to your spouse or telling your loved one that they are number one in your life. In fact, that would make them very, very happy. To know that they come in first place in your life is probably the most comforting words you could speak. Now, tell them that you are going out on a date with the number two person in your life. Though you don’t love this number two person as much as you love them, you just wanted to go out on a quick date. Get a bite to eat and watch a movie. I would guess that there are not too many loving spouses out there who would allow this.
This is what we do to Jesus every time we are “looking back.” The picture that Jesus is drawing here is that we have to have eyes for only Him…in everything that we are doing. We can’t put Jesus in a box and release Him on Sunday and then the rest of the week keep Him locked up. No matter what decision you are making, is it for the Kingdom of God? Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Is this the first place your mind goes to when you are going about your day?
When one is plowing, out doing the work of the Lord and looks back, it is hard to maintain that straight line. When a farmer is harvesting the field he has to keep his eyes fixed on that field and there is no going back. Let this be also our attitude with Jesus. There is no reason to look back for we are complete in Christ and He will supply our every need exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ever hope for.
Grace and Peace,
Bob, Suzanne, Bobby and Maisey Scott
Cape Town, South Africa
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