Don’t Look Back

Luke 9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” 

A person can only go in one direction at a time, just like he can only have one master at a time. Which way are you going? Who are you following?

We’d all say “following Christ,” of course, but lives can be compartmentalized. You are not facing forward all the time because you are still looking back to sinful pleasures of your former manner of life. .

Following Christ requires a long obedience in the same direction.

And as we keep our eyes set on the joy set before us, we are acted upon.

It’s through the back-breaking labor of sowing real seeds that God yields 10, 100 and 1000 times the produce. But a farmer plows by driving his plow in a long straight line, not weaving or doubling back over the same ground.

It’s by the turning of the head from the immodest women that God turns our heart wholly to our wife.

It’s in the regular habit of hospitality that true encouragement, belonging and generosity are found. It’s in the giving away that God ensures that you receive.

It’s in the self-denial that God gives Himself fully without reserve.

God says take this field and clear it of trees – roots and all. Clear away the rocks. Turn the earth. Scatter seeds and remove weeds and fertilize the soil. Eyes forward and stay on task.

He calls us to follow Him and to labor and instead of an obedient “yes, Lord,” our mouths are filled with questions as we look back toward Egypt.

We kick against the goads. Our work is sporadic and poorly done because its half-hearted.

So, when God says, “take this woman as your wife and lay your life down for her as Christ laid His down for you. Raise these children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Love one another as I have loved you. Be Holy as I am Holy. Make Disciples of the nations. Follow Me.”

Your mouth should not be full of questions.

He wants you to obey, knowing that in yourself it is impossible but that with Him all things are possible.

Christ has called you into a relationship with Himself that is transforming you mind and soul, spirit and essence into something like Himself.

For no other reason than the fact that He loves you.

And believing it is how it happens. Believing the one who promises to do it is how He does it.

Obeying the command to follow, putting our hand to the plow and not looking back but looking to the sky expectantly for the rain He promised, the rain that the whole venture depends upon.

This is discipleship; the process by which Jesus who came in the image and likeness of man is remaking us into the image and likeness of God.

Believing Jesus’ promises to do it is how He does it.


Author: Michael Kloss

There is a Sunday conscience, as well as a Sunday coat; and those who make religion a secondary concern put the coat and conscience carefully by to put on only once a week. - Charles Dickens

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