No Looking Back
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
It’s amazing to think about the lengths that people will go to in order to sell a product. Fancy packaging; fine print; smoke and mirrors. Advertisers use these tactics to play up the upside and play down the downside of what they are selling. Jesus, though, didn’t just talk about the upside of following him. He told us up front that there would be downsides, hard times and struggles.
One of the things that Jesus warns us about is that indecisiveness in following him will cause some serious side effects. One day each of us will stand in front of God and be held accountable for what we choose in life – and none of us knows when that day will be.
Choosing to follow Christ is something that needs to be done today. And once we make that decision, once we decide to make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we cannot look back.
Too often, though, we hesitate in following Christ; we look to the world for assurance that it is the right decision before we commit. And then we come up with all kinds of weak excuses to explain why we wait to cross the line of faith. But Jesus told us not to do that. He told us that we need to choose now.
Have you made that faith decision? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior? This week, put away the excuses and turn to Jesus. And while it may not be the easiest thing to do, following him is the best decision you will ever make.