“Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’” vs. 62
Sometimes the things that Jesus told his disciples are clear and concise and we have no difficulty understanding what he had in mind. But not always! His comments to prospective followers in these verses fall into more of a cryptic category. People are interested in joining his movement but he’s anything but welcoming. In fact he seems downright discouraging. As we look deeper however we do sense a common theme…he doesn’t want anyone to become his follower unless they cut their ties with the past. He sums up his advice with an observation that comes right from the farm. No one can plow a straight furrow while looking backwards at where they’ve been. Every good farmer knows that! Likewise, no one can know the fullness of kingdom living if their focus is yesterday and not tomorrow. We’ll never be able to change the past…for better or for worse, it’s already been lived. The photographic evidence is complete and stored away. But the future is a different matter. Our scripts can be rewritten…whole new exciting chapters can be added. In Christ the possibilities are endless and the blessings are new with each dawning day. There’s no more going in circles, no more hopeless repetitions of past mistakes. And tomorrow will always be a better day!
Thought for the Day: Why do we like to live in the past?