Keep looking ahead!

Scripture reading for October 23rd: Luke 7-9

“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

Following Jesus Christ seems to be an easy assignment at first.  Leaving the everyday responsibilities to trust God and walk by faith seems like a glamorous pursuit.  In reality, it involves some difficult choices.  In my own life, I made an initial commitment to follow the Lord when I was in my early teens.  I went to an altar in a small country Methodist church and prayed to receive Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I had chosen to follow my father in farming and had studied farm management at the university.  My wife and I were youth leaders in our church and I became a lay preacher in the Methodist church.  We were building our family and farming operation while life went on.

We raised hogs and had built a big complex of buildings where we conducted our business.  This required borrowed money and sweat equity!  Then God broke into my busy world and renewed His call on my life to serve Him and preach His word!  We began to seek the Lord and over the next 10 years I worked toward a ministerial license.  We worked hard to get out of debt and to re-order our priorities according to Scripture.

As I completed my study for license, we were finally debt-free and a door opened for ministry in our local church.   We carefully followed as God directed.  We spent just a few years farming and at the same time serving as a staff pastor in a large city church.  After that time, we had clear direction to stop farming and sell all of our equipment.  A little later we also tore down our hog buildings and buried the remains.  This was like Elisha burning his plow and not looking back!  (1st Kings 19:19-21)

Today we wouldn’t go back for anything!  If God has called you to put your hand to His plow, do it with joy!  The journey is exciting and the best is yet to come!  Keep looking ahead!

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