The Rear-view Mirror

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But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 NLT)

“No man, having put his hand to the plough . . .—The image which our Lord used was, as usual, one that went home to the personal experience of His hearers. They were of the peasant class, and they knew that the eye of the ploughman if he is to do his work well, must look straight before him at the line of the furrow which he is making. To look back, while working, is to mar the work entirely. The man who so looks is therefore, ipso facto, disqualified for the work of God’s kingdom” (Elliotts Commentary for English Readers).

Interesting analogy that Christ uses when people give excuses as to why they can’t move forward right now.

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I want a 2nd opinion!

dont think soHow many times have you found yourself saying, “I need to find a second opinion” whenever you hear unpleasant or unwanted news? Why do we visit doctor after doctor looking for an answer that we feel is the correct answer? We will shop our diagnosis in hopes of proving or disproving whatever it is we find hard to accept. Could it be that we have also done this with God? Have we shopped church rites, rituals, and doctrines looking for a church that will tell us what we want to hear, and how we want to hear it, instead of what God wants to say or how He wants it to be said?

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Dare to ask for more?

If I am dreaming, Lord, please don’t wake me.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation and you realized things like this just don’t happen to people like you? There are times in life where circumstances place us into a situation we find almost fantastical. I know we have all had those moments when we feel as if we are in the midst of some wonderful dream sequence and hope we don’t wake up before the scene ends.

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