“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 over 40 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 !
P.s. My new battery of tests all came out clear, clean and normal. Which means I either had something bad and Jesus healed it, or the other test was just dead wrong. Either way I am simply overjoyed. Thanks to everyone who covered me in prayer.