And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 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 9:57-62)
Today's Morsel: The expression "looking back" has a manifest reference to "Lot's Wife." It is not an actual returning to the world, but a reluctance to let go of the world. Jesus was telling them to follow Him and not look back. But like so many today, she looked back. Jesus said, " No man having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God." I will tell you, as a country boy, if you are plowing and you look back, your furrows are not going to be straight but they are going to be all over the place. Again, I believe that if you have tasted of the sweet and good gifts of God, you should be seeking for more of Him. But if you keep looking back to the world, or what is behind you, instead of what is ahead of you; you are going to end up short of your eternal salvation. A distracted and divided heart leads to drawing back to perdition. As Paul wrote, I believe that we should not, "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul" (Hebrews 10:35-39). That soul that must be saved is our very own.
Sing: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth, will go strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace.
Thought for Today: What's in hell that you want? (P.A. Dennis)