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) NIVB
Have you ever cut a lawn before with a lawn mower? In order for you to cut in straight lines and not miss sections you have to look toward a target in front of you. You focus on where you are going and not where you’ve been.
In the text Jesus encountered several people who said they were willing to follow him where ever he was going, but before they would commit themselves they had to take care of something in there life. One said he needed to bury his father other the other said I must go say good bye to my household.
When Jesus calls on us we must be ready to go and not get caught up in the cares of life. We must make him the priority in our life. Matthew 6:33 states, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.
Reviewing the Apostle Pau’s life we see him on the road to Damascus as Saul the Persecutor of Christians. However on this road he encounters Jesus. The master stops him in his tracks. He is blinded and led to Damascus where he fast for three days. Ananias is sent to heal his blindness, console him, and baptize Saul. After he is baptized Saul now Paul immediately begins to preach Jesus Christ. Paul is looking forward toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
Are You Looking Forward or Back? I compel you to look forward to our savior Jesus Christ!