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June 16, 2016, 12:00 PM

Where Is Your Focus?

By Greg Higgins

 

“And Jesus said unto him, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”                            - Luke 9:62

Here we find a riveting passage of scripture from Jesus. He is in the middle of trying to get people to follow Him. He’s telling people to lay down their lives and follow after Him. One man approaches and says he needs to bury his dead and another says he needs to run home and tell everyone goodbye.

This is where we find Jesus when He gives out the command above. Why did He say that? What did it mean? First thing you have to understand is that He always speaks where we understand. These people knew exactly what He meant when he referenced a plough.

A plough is a tool used in farming for cultivating soil to prepare for sowing seeds. It’s something that every person in Jesus time was used to seeing. Sometimes animals were used to operate the plough, but often times it was human powered. This is why Jesus used the reference. He knew they would understand.

As is the case today, crops are planted in straight rows. This means the ground had to be ploughed in straight paths. It’s also important to watch out for debris that could be lying in the pathway of the plough. Whether animals or humans work the plough, it’s imperative that it be done in a straight line.

But why did Jesus say what He said? I’m glad you asked. Have you ever tried walking in a straight line when you’re constantly looking over your shoulder at something behind you? It’s nearly impossible. What happens is you start to drift towards whichever side you’re turned towards. By the time you finished, you would turn around and see that your ploughed work resembles more of a snake than a straight line.

Jesus compared following Him to walking the straight and narrow path. Sounds like a ploughed field to me and that’s the point He was trying to make. Also, if you are looking back, how are you going to see any obstacles or pitfalls ahead? You won’t be able to. You’ll fall or stumble because you didn’t have your eyes fixed in front of you. Stop looking behind and keep your eyes in front of you fixated on Jesus. Everything else will fall into place.

 

- Greg


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