Jesus makes an interesting statement in Luke 9:62.  “ And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (KJV)  It gives us very clear insight into how Jesus wants us to live.

    Ploughs in Bible times were very different than the ones used today.  Today’s ploughs are pulled by powerful tractors and have many blades and can turn a great amount of land at one time.  Ploughs in Bible times had only one blade and were pulled by either one or two animals.

    My understanding of those ploughs is that the animals would stand and wait until the operator took hold of the plough and tilt it into position.  It is then the animals would begin to pull.  Once the plough began to move it would be necessary for the farmer to keep his eyes to the front and not look back, to make sure the animal and plough go in a straight line.

    Jesus is giving us similar advice.  Once we take hold of the plough, the Christian life, we cannot look back to our former life.  Following Christ is a commitment for life.  One that necessitates keeping our eyes forward as one using a plough.

Published by Ray Richards