"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
Now, let me tell you about a verse of scripture that I know about and am experienced in enough to tell you what NOT to do.
Jesus addresses himself here to an individual that had expressed a desire to follow him and go with him wherever he went. Right off I can say that this sounds too familiar. How many times have I said/expressed the same? Too many to count, shamefully. Yet, at the time I am sure the person's expression was sincere. And I marvel at the Lord's grace in not calling him on it, as he surely could have.
Several had just been called on to do the same, but had given excuses why they could not from telling someone farewell, to burying a parent. The Lord's response was, simply, let the past go and move ahead. All of us/me have our excuses/reasons why we can't do that just at this minute. We know we should and know we ought to, but just didn't know that it was meant to be done NOW!
The example that Jesus gave is one of a man plowing in a field looking over his shoulder. Can you imagine the results of his plowing? I can, having spent many hours in a field. Not only will the results be terrible, think of the wasted efforts and energy spent doing something that will have to be done over. God help me I know too much about wasted time.
Yet what is in view is not being "fit for the kingdom". You are not the kind of person that deserves to be there. Do we/I get the message that Jesus doesn't want us wasting time in the kingdom? Not that we don't have energy or potential for labor, but you can not be productive looking back all the time. Mercy, as I said, I can tell you volumes of what NOT to do,
You see I have been a "have been" in lots of things. I have labored in many fields of secular trade. I was somewhat good and successful for a time in those, I have been involved in several hobbies and past times of enjoyment. I have always had a weakness for many things. I still carry the baggage of the memories of many of these things. But, the worst of it all is that I waste so much time of the present looking back. I destroy the future in fear of not being able to do what I once did or praying that doesn't happen again. The present is lost in looking back. No wonder my rows are crooked and my harvest is so spotted and poor. I have come to the present condition of being unfit, useless.
May I encourage you all to not be like me, constantly looking back?! Would you pray for me that I would be able to put the past down and look ahead in hope of what is, not what was or could be? May God help us all to exercise ourselves unto godliness and be truly fit for the kingdom and above all not to end up as Lot's wife, not even named but a memorial of the bitterness of a wasted life. God help!