Don't look back! Seize the moment!
“But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
We've been talking on Sunday mornings recently that we must move forward. Joshua was given the command to move forward and take the promise land.
Let me ask. As we are looking forward in life as we should be?
You might say, I'm going through some really hard things right now. You might say, I'll get serious about serving the Lord when I get older. Besides, I've got all these plans and things I want to do first. Tomorrow, we say I'll follow the Lord. What does Jesus say?
Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62 NKJV).
To appreciate the point Jesus was making, we have to understand the land in Israel. Putting your hand to the plow meant moving at the decisive moment. It meant moving when it rains. Between May and October there is hardly any rain in Israel. The ground is dry and hard, and everyone would wait for the first rain. First-century farmers didn’t have the advanced irrigation systems that we have now.
So, when the rain came, it was a decisive moment. Whether it was 3:00 PM or 3:00 AM, once it started raining, farmers had to go out with their plows and seed while the ground was still moist. And with their eyes on the furrow, they went forward.
In the same way, we must be aware of the danger and tragedy of the unseized moment. God brings opportunities into our lives to go out and make a difference, and we have to seize them. If we wait or if we’re not paying attention, we might miss them.
If we have other plans or have other interest than moving forward with the Lord, we might miss some great opportunities to bring some people along with us on our faith journey. Plus, Jessus says it puts us in danger because we may become ourselves unfit for the kingdom of God.
All things are possible with God - Let's keep moving forward in 2023!