Focus: Luke 9:62 - KJV
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.
Escaping the destruction by the devil is a serious business for the believer. Hence, he is meant to be extremely focused on his pursuit of the kingdom, without taking his eyes off the goal. What the Lord has done for mankind is to come and drag us by the hands out of the darkness upon the earth, despite our unrighteousness, so that when the current earth will be destroyed and a new earth released to replace it, we may not be destroyed with the already horrible earth. However, in His plight and effort to draw us to safety, if anyone looks back, after that he has been drawn, it is a vote of no confidence in God, and a preference for the depraved earth, instead of the new Jerusalem. Anyone who does that, will have himself to blame for his destruction with the current earth/world.
There was a man in scripture called Lot. He was such a self-centered and ungrateful man. As an orphan, his paternal uncle, Abram took care of him and drew him with himself to a new territory. In the course of this, wealth came to his uncle and the same did not corner it all to himself, but allowed Lot his portion. Eventually, Lot strove with his uncle over superiority, and the uncle gave him the right of first choice of the span of land they occupied. Lot decided to take the lush land that his eyes saw and cared not what happened to the uncle. Alas, the land was a terrible one with all manner of vices therein. God came to rescue Lot despite his shortcomings but because of his nexus to the right living Abram. At the rescue, when the agents of God dragged the Lot family out, the matriarch thereof looked back, against instruction, and became destroyed with the land they were leaving. Looking back signified preference for the land and its vagaries.
Beloved, we also have been called to be separate from the current world because it is passing by and will soon be judged. Hence, Christ warns us not to look back after becoming members of the household of faith and body of Christ. Those things that appear to entangle us with the world are distractive and tend towards destruction. Elisha understood this and that was why he destroyed his instruments of farming, thereby burning the bridge that may want to reconnect him to the trade. As far as God is concerned, if a dog returns to its vomit, it is not fit for the kingdom.
SOLUTION: Be resolute about your desire to follow Jesus. Like the song writer says, no turning back. There is destruction in turning back; but there is actual glory in keeping focused as we remain catapulted to the throne of heaven far above principalities and powers. Let nothing displace you from that heavenly position.
Please pray: My father and my God, I completely surrender unto you; please direct me always, in the way that I should go, in Jesus’ name. Let me be glorified in the end, as I remain forever in you, in Jesus mighty name.
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