Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 ESV
Lord, help us not to look back.
The scripture reads:
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 ESV
I will follow you, but first let me get married and have children.
I will follow you but first let me have some fun.
I will follow you but first let me fix a few things in my life.
I don’t know about you but I’ve heard those comments quite often. Many times we want to follow Jesus but we have other things we deem more important.
I will follow you but first let me get a degree.
I will follow you but I can’t fully commit just yet.
I will follow you but I’m not ready for the work yet, let me be a regular Christian for a while.
Jesus then told the crowd that anyone who says ”I will, but”…is unfit for the kingdom.
Imagine you hire a man to build your house. He says he will do it. On the starting day, he calls to say he has a family emergency. Two days later, he says he has a personal matter to deal with at home.
A week later, the foundation for the house is in place. Then he calls and says he has to take a 2 month leave to go do some courses. Imagine enuh. Your house should have been completed in 2 months as you have all the resources in place. But 2 months down the line, you’re still homeless and only have a foundation in place.
Is that person fit for the work?
I am reminded of what happened to Lot’s wife. Sodom and Gomorrah was being destroyed but God allowed Lot and his family to escape. The only instruction was for them to never look back.
Lot’s wife may have felt hurt or a longing for the city she loved, so she disobeyed. She looked back. She turned to a pillar of salt.
Looking back makes us unfit.
This message is hard because I’ve looked back a few times. I’ve said, “maybe life would have been easier if I had lived contrary to God’s will. What if I had focused on having fun and living my life rather than following God?”
Yes, this is a whole game changer because many of us have had these thoughts. But let us not continue to look back. If we do, we’re unfit. If we do, we are just like the builder who is wasting time.
Let’s do as we committed to do; follow Jesus. No buts. Don’t look back.