Concluding our series on Luke 9:57-62, another man told Jesus, ‘I will follow you, but first let me go and say goodbye to my family’. But Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’ (vs 61-62 (NIV).

We must understand that ‘putting one’s hand on the plough’ is a proverbial expression that means, ‘to undertake a task’. Because those days, agriculture was the primary source of livelihood, therefore the people knew what Jesus meant (For a plougher to succeed, he must remain focus by looking frontward).

But how can one become unfit for God’s kingdom? — John 15:16 charges us to bear lasting fruit. Whenever we look back, we won’t plough our ground properly; thereby affecting our harvests. In this case, the man’s family, to whom he wanted to say goodbye, was used to refer to the (world) and remember, that God has called us out of the world (1 Peter 2:9). So, we must never return to the world because when we do, we hinder our spiritual fruitfulness (Matthew 3:10).

Beloved, are you still attracted to your old lifestyles or regretting answering God’s call? If yes! Reassess your priorities because you might end up becoming unfit for God’s services. You can’t please the world and God at the same time (Matthew 6:24). Don’t exchange the spiritual with momentary pleasures; instead ‘forget the things behind and fix your gaze on Jesus!’ (Philippians 3:13).


Hymn: Anywhere with Jesus – Jessie B. Pounds (1887)

1. Father, help me to be diligent in Your service and never distracted.


1. Every trace of wickedness in my life and character; expire!

2. I refuse to be the evil sacrificial lamb of my lineage.

3. Every virtue we have lost as individuals, nation and the church. Father, please restore them!


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