What Jesus Did! 'No Turning Back' — Luke 9:61-62

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Another man said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to my family." Jesus said, "If any person begins to plow a field, but looks back, he is not prepared for the kingdom of God."
— Luke 9:61-62 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:61-62 NLT — "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to my family."   ——   "If any person begins to plow a field, but looks back, he is not prepared for the kingdom of God."

Key Thought

Again, Jesus is emphasizing the importance of Kingdom commitment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can stand in the way of the all-surpassing call to follow Jesus. We press on, full speed ahead. When we get diverted, when we lose our way, when we stumble and fall, we must point our hearts in the direction of Christ and the Kingdom of God and continue on. Ours is a heavenly calling, a forward calling, an upward calling—it is not a call to return to the old ways, the old values, and the old answers. No turning back! Full steam ahead! Sin, death, and defeat are in our rear view mirror and Jesus with his heavenward calling lies ahead. No turning back, for we are bound for glory.

Today's Prayer

Keep me focused, dear LORD my Father and God of all faithfulness, on the heavenward call of Christ Jesus. I don't want to live detached from the needs around me because my focus is only heaven above. However, I do want to live with the focus of your Kingdom and its righteousness filling my heart, providing my dreams, and calling me to share in your glory. Help me notice the needs of others and bless them with your grace as I press on to fulfill the upward call you have given me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 6:32-33
  • Philippians 3:12-14
  • 2 Peter 2:2

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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