Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
Choices are a part of life. They can free us or they can enslave us. Choices can bring us peace or anxiety. What we choose ends up shaping our mind and hearts. Our habits are formed by our minute by minute choices.
At first this seems pretty frightening.
We often ask ourselves, “Why can’t I change my choices, why am I so stuck.?”
The beauty of Christianity rests in the mercy of Jesus Christ.
His mercy overcomes our past choices and allows us to put our hand to the plow and never look back.
Life is very good at making us turn around.
We check everything…. think over all our past mistakes….ruminate on our interior struggles….
Christ tells us that we cannot be fit for the Kingdom of God if we look back, because through this decision we are allowing the fear to become our focus.
By focusing on fear we are paralyzing ourselves. Our God-given gifts cannot be utilized. Instead of doing good we become idle.
If we are to be fit for the Kingdom, we must trust that by focusing on Christ everything will be taken care of.
By no means is this an easy task, but it is a necessary one, if we are to grow closer to holiness.
I encourage you to set your hands on the plow today.
Whatever the plow is for you.
It may be your responsibility as a father or mother, a student, a member of the military, a priest, a teacher; whatever it is…
Fulfill your obligations with love.
Grip the plow tight until your knuckles turn white.
Strive to glorify God through every minute of your life.
When you feel the temptation to look back in any form.
Move forward and trust that Christ will take care of it.
Because He will.
I am going to keep repeating it until it breaks through the barriers we have set up in our minds.
If we have confidence in Christ miracles will happen.
If we trust in Christ our lives, though difficult, will have an interior peace.
If we keep our hands on the plow, we will bring the light of Christ to a very dim world.