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

Lewis Foster tells of cultivating corn for the  last time before it becomes too tall for the tractor to pass over the top of the stalks.  He said, “when you hear a ‘plop’ that indicates a stalk has been hit and has fallen to the ground.  The temptation is to look back to see what has happened.  If you do, you hear more ‘plop’, ‘plop’ because looking back causes you to leave the straight furrow and destroy more of the crop.  Looking back makes one unfit to do the job.”

The call to undivided loyalty, singleness of purpose, consecration has always been God’s challenge to man.  God has never asked less than that man be totally committed to Him.  Being a Christian means that we fully trust God and are unselfishly committed to His task.  Jesus says to all of us, “Before you follow Me, count the cost.”  No one should be able to say that they were induced to follow Jesus under false pretenses.   Being Christ-like is the toughest thing any of us have ever tried to achieve.    It involves being a member of the family of God, His Church.  True church membership demands responsibility to strengthen, encourage and develop the family.

Also,  Jesus calls us to “let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead.”  There are so many mundane, earthly matters which others can take care of who have no interest in the Church.  None but Christians will preach the Good News.  This we must do. It is our primary task to help grow the Church, God’s family.

Jesus emphasis is forward not backward.   One cannot be a Christian by still holding on to the past life.  The Apostle Paul said, “But one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 3:13-14

We sing this chorus:  “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”


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