If we were to plow a field, like say the dude in this picture here, we’d need to have our eyes forward at all times. If we drifted off and spaced out and stared left or right, or if we looked at what was past – what would happen?
Well, the horse wouldn’t stop pulling, the line we were plowing then would go off course because we weren’t focused on it.
Jesus says in Luke 9:62 ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
Where is our focus?
The battle is strong within me sometimes to dwell on the past, the ground that has already been plowed.
The battle is also strong within me to dwell on the future – to spend time in “If Only Land.” You know that land where you say “If only I had $x more, everything would be ducky. If only I can do this, then I’d be happy. If only I could button my pants.”
The Word is calling us to focus on right here and right now. We are no good for service in the kingdom if we are focusing on what is behind or the part of the field that we haven’t even plowed yet.
Paul says elsewhere in Phil 3 these wonderful words that shows he struggled with plowing in the now too…
12 Not that I have already l obtained this or m am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: n forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for o the prize of the upward p call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are q mature think this way,
Jesus lived the perfect life of obedience to the Heavenly Father while he was here on Earth, and he was focused on the task at hand during his ministry. Thankfully so, because the perfect righteousness that Jesus had is credited to us thru faith in Him – who He was and His work on the cross. He took our sin, paid for it (all of it) – and gave us his righteousness. The Great Exchange as Martin Luther calls it.
Somedays this seems too good to believe. We are saved by grace thru FAITH in Jesus Christ. We need to acknowledge that some days we have “little faith” and ask our Father to provide greater faith and stand strong, and plow the ground we are given. As Driscoll says “Eyes forward. Both hands on the plow. One foot in front of the other.”
We believe, but we need to believe stronger.
Pray like the father of the demon possessed boy in Mark 9 – “I believe; help my unbelief!” and keep plowing.