"And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
According to the Wycliffe Bible commentary, this passage means, looking back is a continued action. A farmer who is plowing must always look forward if he is to plow a straight furrow.
Why do we Christians look back sometimes in our Christian walk?
- Love of the flesh.
- We lose our first love.
- We’re bored with the Christian life.
- We don't really believe God.
- We habitually sin.
What will keep us from looking back?
- We must walk in the Spirit and not the flesh (Galatians 6:16).
- We must love the Lord with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).
- To cure boredom, we must practice the presence of the Lord (Psalm 16:11).
- We must believe God and without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
- We know sin separates us from the presence of God, but we can rely on God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
It is definitely a struggle these days living the Christian life, but we must keep our eyes looking forward to the Author and Finisher of our Faith and not on our circumstances or shortcomings.