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The Plow

October 9, 2012
Greetings,
 
“Still another said, “I will follow you Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”  Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.”  Luke 9: 61-62
 
Jesus is known for His hard sayings and this one ranks right up there, but what is Jesus really saying to us in this passage.  He says if we put our hand to the plow and look back we are not fit for the Kingdom. But what are we plowing?  I feel this speaks of plowing and preparing for service our very own hearts.
 
Hardness of heart keeps us from hearing and putting into practice what Jesus wants us to do and be.  A hard heart can separate us from His love and direction.  Jesus wants our hearts to be soft and able to receive, cultivate, and put into action Spiritual truths.  According to the parable of the Sower His seeds of truth do not grow and produce fruit on rocky and hard soil. (Matt. 13)  So what are we supposed to do when we find ourselves with a heart of stone?  
 
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your fallow (hardened) ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes.”  Hosea 10:12
 
For us to be able to walk in HIS righteousness and fully experience HIS unfailing love we MUST keep our hand to the plow of our very own heart and continually break up our fallow ground.  Jesus wants our hearts to be soft and able to produce a great harvest of love and truth to benefit both ourselves and others who are seeking Him.  To Jesus this is more important than burying and saying goodbye to our family and loved ones.  A soft heart is able to receive HIS truth and love, then produce a bounty of Spiritual fruit.  When our hearts are soft the fruit we bear can help sustain the Body of Christ and also attract those hungry to be set free and follow Jesus.
 
I put my hand to the plow of my heart 36 years ago and even though I struggle at times; I have never looked back.  If you really want to press forward deeper into the things of God just place your hand on that plow and allow Him to make the difference in your heart and life each and every day.  Remember this is your hand, your plow, and your heart.  A Pastor or someone else can’t do this for you.  It is your choice, your action and your life.  So go for it!
 
Love and …..
 
Kirk Out !
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4 Comments
  1. CATHY TAYLOR permalink

    ANOTHER GREAT BLOG CHRISTOPHER AND AGAIN HITS HOME WITH ME,
    WALKING IN HIS RIGHTEUOSNESS I DO BELIECE IS THE WHOLE KEY TO LIFE AND ALL LIFE HAS TO OFFER US BY HIS MIGHTY HAND. ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE HOW GOD USES YOU IN THIS MINISTRY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
    LOVE CATHY

  2. Gary permalink

    A farmer doesn’t look back when plowing, if he did the rows would not be straight. I feel Jesus is saying we are called out of the past into the now.
    This is seen elsewhere in scripture; Paul, inspired to write, forgetting what’s behind I press on toward the prize. Peter also wrote about leaving behind the empty way of life, handed down from our fathers.
    I needed this Chris. Thank you!
    I’ve put my hand to the plow on living intentionally and loving intentionally. The enemy has fooled me to glance back; I almost lost my focus. You brought me back.
    BTW- I would contend, the Spirit breaks up the fallow ground, I was dead in my sin. God did the work, I responded.

  3. Gary, great to hear from you! Of course we can do nothing without Him, but we must cooperate with The Spirit. Glad to hear you are back.

    • Gary permalink

      I read often, reply when I feel led to. I actually have been infirmed for the last couple days. God is good, and has blessed me with an incredible family. Blood (genes & Christ’s).

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