Are you fit for the kingdom?

Luke 9:62 “And Jesus said unto him, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom.'”

Jesus spoke to several people who had desired to follow Him and be His disciples. When Jesus addressed them, each gave an excuse as to why he could not follow Him immediately. Then Jesus told them that were with Him that any person who started to work for God’s kingdom and then turned away to do other things was not worthy of the kingdom.

Elsewhere in the Bible Jesus referenced a person who had started out living for God but turned back toward the world of sin from which this person had been saved. This person did not heed the Word of God given by angels and paid for it with one’s life. That person is none other than Lot’s wife. The angels of God told Lot and his family to leave Sodom and not look back upon the destruction that would come; yet Lot’s wife did that very thing. Thus, she turned into a pillar of salt. Her heart still longed for the things of Sodom, which represented all that was wrong with the world: debauchery, lewdness, all manner of sexual immorality, and the like.

Jesus in this account tells us that anyone, and He means ANYONE – YOU OR ME – who starts working for the kingdom of God and then turns back in heart toward the world system IS NOT WORTHY (OR FIT) for the kingdom. Elsewhere in Scripture, we read that being league with (or friends with) the world is being in enmity (or being an enemy of) God! Don’t believe me; be like the more noble Bereans and search out the Scriptures to prove me right or wrong!

Set your heart on doing the will of God that He has planned for you, and never ever take your hand off the plow. Never look back upon the sin of the world as something desirable! You are a new creature in Messiah; old things are passed away with all things having become new. Your heart should be set upon the things of God and His kingdom not the kingdom of Satan and this world. Though sin may be pleasurable for a season or time, its wages are death!

Father, I know that I am fit for the kingdom of heaven because I have set my hand to the plow of tilling up the soil of souls in this world, and I have not looked back upon or desired the former life You from which You saved me. Help me to do more for the kingdom even if that means giving up my physical life for the sake of the gospel and Messiah. In Jesus’ name, Amen.