But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (NAS) Luke 9:62
Have you done any good plowing lately? Well let’s put our hands down on the plow handles for a moment and visualize plowing up a field, preparing the soil for seed that will be sown and produce (hopefully) a huge harvest! But, what happens when you look back? The plow goes crooked! No neat rows, but a hodgepodge of lines dug up in the field.
How do you look back? Do you look back longing for an old way of life? Do you look back with regrets over past sins? Do you look back trying to relive past accomplishments? How are you looking back?
Other times we may not be looking back into our pasts, but instead looking side to side at what’s around us? Again the plow will go crooked if we’re not looking straight ahead. What distracts you from looking straight ahead, focusing your attention on Christ? Is it relationships? The pursuit of becoming comfortable? The attractiveness of what society has to offer? Ambition? Self-indulgence? Competition? Desiring what your friends and neighbors have? What’s turning your focus away from purpose ahead of you?
Jesus didn’t allow distractions in His life. He put His hands down on the plow with a fixed purpose and completed His task. Jesus doesn’t want followers who are half-hearted or lukewarm. . . He doesn’t want followers with a distracted or divided focus! How’s your plowing? What needs to change so you can plow straight ahead and follow Jesus?