Keep Your Eyes On The Plow…
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
~ Luke 9:62
A very significant and amazing person in my life taught me this lesson many years back. He used the scripture as the conduit to explain how I was living my own life and in fact missing the mark. I can honestly say at that point he saw my life better than I could at the time. Circumstances and the enemy will constantly cloud our vision to the truth and while others can see, we may in fact be blinded to these truths. However, in fact, that is not what this writing is about.
What does it mean to put your hand to the plow? I think immediately of work. I think of being in a field with hard ground that I’m trying to till up, mostly likely behind a plow drawn by a horse, mule or some other animal. While I can say I’ve only done this is with a machine, I know it was still work. Beyond that representation of the plow though I think of responsibilities, commitments and duties we all have. We have to put our head down and get our hand on the plow, whatever form or shape that takes.
So what happens when you look back? You take your eyes off the plow, so now what? I’m no farmer but I would imagine a very old plow going out of line and ruining work already done. It would take time to back up and start over in the process. It would seem the like would hold true with commitments, responsibilities and duties. You take your eyes off of them and chaos ensues. You have to correct mistakes, go back and adjust and attempt everything again.
Following this train of thought while looking at the scripture it changes everything. If I put my hand to the plow and look back I am not fit for the kingdom of God? What this tells me is that God is looking and seeking for commitment. As an old song from youth meetings reminds me: we cannot afford to be casual Christians or live a lukewarm life. If we are going to be in this walk with Him we cannot allow ourselves to waver and attempt to take part of Him and then look back at something else. He is seeking total dedication and focus. My study bible broke this verse down and said it better than I could have imagined, “we have to take the cross with the crown, judgment as well as mercy.”
Let’s keep our hands on the plow and our eyes fixed on the fields ahead.
~ Kenny Stahl