But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
It took God one day to get Israel out of Egypt. But it took forty years to get Egypt out of Israel. The Israelites were always looking back.
Some Christians are that way. They’re always looking back. They say, “Remember the good old days; before I was a Christian? Man, we would party! We had so much fun!”
Were they really the good old days? Were they really that good? Or is our memory a little distorted? Have we forgotten the emptiness? Have we forgotten the despondency, the repercussions of the things we did, the dull ache deep inside? It is easy to forget all that and just remember the few good times.
That is what the Israelites did. They were always looking back and sometimes we do the same thing. This is why Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”.
Have you ever been driving and had a highway patrol car pull up behind you? It makes you nervous, doesn’t it? You spend more time looking in your rear view mirror than watching the road ahead.
You can’t safely go forward when you’re always looking back. And you can’t walk forward spiritually if you’re looking over your shoulder. Paul says in Philippians “Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
The things that are behind us are past, keep your eyes on the prize – Jesus Christ.