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Plow Ahead
Pastor Jeff Schlemmer
Luke 9:62 (NIV84) Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

Every follower of Jesus Christ wants to be used by God. It’s what we long for. In Luke 9:62, Jesus told us that if we look back (at our past) while we are plowing, we are not “fit for service”- literally “useful” to the plan of God. My father grew up on a farm, and he actually used oxen and a plow. He said you plow to turn over the hardened soil and uncover stones that need to be removed. If you are focusing on the past, you are stuck and probably banging into a lot of old rocks! You have to look straight ahead to where you are going. Usefulness is all about focus.

To be used by God, you need to look where you are going and not where you’ve been. You see, a farmer plows in order to create a space for new growth. He is looking to plant a seed that will grow and produce much fruit. If you are always looking back to the “good old days” or to how you messed up or how so and so hurt you, you can’t plant seeds for future growth.

You can’t move forward into the future God has for you if you are constantly looking back. Determine to leave the past in the past. Stop reliving it and release it. Decide to forgive yourself. Pray and ask God to forgive you for any former sins. God will not hold it against you, so why should you? (1 John 1:9) Take the time to go and forgive anyone who has wronged or hurt you. (Matthew 5:23-25; Mark 11:25-26) You may ask,” But, how do I stop thinking about my past?” You do so by focusing and thinking about your future!

Reset your thoughts on what is in front of you. Decide to put your hand to the plow and be used by God today, right where you are at! Focus on the one thing God has today for you to do. In doing so, you will be planting seeds and making room for future spiritual growth. Give yourself permission to forget what is behind you. Determine to look forward and plow ahead into the adventure God has in store for you!

PRAYER: Father God, in Jesus’ name, help me to forget what is behind and press into the future you have in front of me. Holy Spirit, help me to let go of what was and see all that can be so I may be useful for God’s Kingdom in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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