Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Recently this scripture has been coming to my mind and I have pondered what the Lord might be trying to say. I am sure some commentaries would say ” Once you have decided to follow Christ if you turn away or go back to living for yourself, you will not go to heaven.” and I suppose that is one way to look at it.
But what I am getting out of this is not the looking back part, but the encouragement to keep looking ahead. Not to get distracted by the things in our past.
So many times we forget to look forward because we are so busy looking at what mistakes we feel like made in the past. That we are scared to take a step toward the future.
We forget that how we handled the mistakes made, define our character for the future plans God has for us. We forget the only person who has never made a mistake is the person who has never done anything. God is looking to take all of us higher, higher in His plan for our lives, higher in His calling to us.
God has a greater and bigger plan for us then we could ever imagine, if we will only take that step toward the future. We can’t give up we can’t give in. It would be easy to crawl in a hole and let the world pass up by, but God called us to “Go into the world” Not run from it! Everything that we have seen and done in our past has prepared us for the future. There will always be challenges in life. It is up to us if we tackle those challenges with all our might or we let those challenges tackle us!
When we realize we do not walk this life alone but God is walking it with us, we can know that whatever comes our way. God is in control.
It was almost 11 yrs ago when I called a homeschooling friend of mine and mother or 5 just to see what she was up to? When she announced to me ” Well, I just told my kids that I have breast cancer” You could of knocked me over with a feather. I could not believe this was happening! It was less then a year later that. as I walked to her graveside I walked pass 2 other graves that made a huge impression on me. See I had two giant question in my mind how could a God of love, take this mother of 5 who’s ages ranged from 2yrs old to 16yrs old. Why would he take these children’s mother and what would these children do??? The questions whorled through my mind. But as I passed the 2 other graves next to where my dear friend was buried, the answer was clear. God had not left these children alone, God had placed them with the most experienced person these kids could have that would teach them how to deal with lost and make it. That teacher would be there grandmother because as I walked to Fran’s grave, I walked passed two of her siblings graves as well. These 5 kids grandma who had always been instrumental in their lives would now be the teacher to her grand-kids and the greatest lesson taught would be how to overcome lost and keep on going. This lady had a wonderful heart for Jesus and although 3 out of 5 of her children had been taken from her, she displayed the character of Christ and I had to ask myself then, who else would be better equipped to take care of these children in this time of need. So at that point I realized that if God needed another Angel in heaven Fran Mc Collum was the best Angel he could of choosen because he knew her babies would be in perfect hands!
Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, (NASB ©1995)
As our summer started with Memorial Day weekend a time we remember those who have served us and our country it is a time to reflex on the past. But do not linger there long, do not stare at the past but glance at it quickly because looking forward is what God has called us to do. Follow Him, reach forward not backwards and reach high in the goals He has for you. No matter what your past may hold, a lost or victory, a mistake or glory. None of it really matters what does matter is we can know that through it all God had his hand on us and if we follow Him, He will not leave us but He will lead us into the great plans He has for us. We may not understand why or how things have happened but God does. God promises that all things work together for those that love Him and are called, According to His purpose.
Don’t Look Back! Keep reaching for what lies ahead! God is right here waiting to go with you!