By Allen White
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61-62
Jesus’ words seem a bit harsh here. The man simply wanted to say “goodbye” to his family. Jesus rebuked him harshly. Why? First, we cannot think of Jesus like we think of ourselves. If we said something like that it might seem presumptuous or rude. But, Jesus is God. God knows everything. Jesus knew something about this man and his family. Maybe his family would have talked him out of following Jesus. Maybe he would see how good things were at home and wouldn’t want to follow Jesus, who had no place to lay his head (Matthew 8:20). Jesus had a reason and gave a principle for all of us to follow.
Imagine trying to plow a row in the rocky terrain of the Middle East in ancient times. This is not farming in a large tractor with GPS navigation, satellite radio and air conditioning. This is plowing with an animal. If the farmer wasn’t paying attention it would be impossible to plow straight. Distraction could be dangerous. What have you got your eye on these days? What is taking your focus off of Jesus and your mission here on earth?
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