Luke 9:62 - All The Way With Jesus!

Luke 9:62 - All The Way With Jesus!

Luke 9:62 (KJV)  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his 
hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. 

Luke 9:62 (EAV)  Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to 
the plow and looks back [to the things behind] is fit for the 
kingdom of God. 

Luke 9:62 (TLB)  But Jesus told him, "Anyone who lets himself be 
distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of 

Learning to Put Christ First (9:57-62)
These three men called Jesus "Lord" but did not do what He told 
them to do (6:46; Matt. 7:21-27). When he heard of possible 
hardships, the first man would not deny himself. The second man was 
concerned about the wrong funeral: he should have taken up his cross, died 
to self, and obeyed God's will. The third man had his eyes in the 
wrong direction and could not follow Christ. The conditions for 
discipleship are given in 9:23, and these three men failed to meet them. 
Their emphasis was "me first." No wonder the laborers are so few! 
[Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

God requires a wholehearted relationship from us.  A halfhearted 
one will not do.  Total consecration to God is necessary in our 
relationship with him if we are to make it to the kingdom. [New Bible 

Work in God's kingdom requires total devotion and absolute 
attention. [Disciple SB] 

As ploughing requires an eye intent on the furrow to be made and 
is marred the instant one turns about, so will a person not be 
qualified for God's kingdom who does the work of God with a distracted 
attention, a divided heart. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 

He who "looks back" is not concentrating on the task at hand. He 
is, at best, a halfhearted worker.... Absolute and undivided devotion 
is essential to true discipleship. He who would plow a straight 
furrow in any service for God must give the task his wholehearted, 
uninterrupted attention. [SDA Commentary] 

The plows of Palestine were very light. While they could be 
guided by one hand, usually the left, that hand had to keep the plow 
upright, constantly adjust its depth, and avoid the rocks and stones 
which might break off or blunt its delicate point. At the same time 
the plowman had to drive his oxen, usually using an iron-tipped, 
six-foot goad held in his right hand. And all the time the plowman had to 
concentrate on keeping his furrows straight. 
While light and apparently simple, the plow of the ancient 
Middle East required the farmer's total and absolute concentration. 
And so Jesus gave His answer. One who chooses to follow Jesus 
has no choice but to give the same total and absolute attention to 
"service in the kingdom of God" (9:62) that was required of a farmer when 
he plowed - we give our total, absolute attention to serving Him. 
[Victor Bible Background Commentary] 

You see, what Jesus seeks is the now disciple (v. 62). Jesus 
wants the person who will put his or her hand to the plow and, without 
looking back, move straight out to do God's will. 
The figure of the plowman is succinct. As a teen, I plowed with 
an old one-horse hand plow, settling the reins around my shoulders, 
grasping the handles firmly, struggling to hold the blade level and 
steady, to make an even furrow. As the first furrow was cut into the 
virgin ground, I picked out a pair of marks at the far end of the field 
to line up carefully. If I looked back, the plow wandered, and the 
furrow snaked off across the field. Only by looking ahead, with eyes 
fixed on my guiding marks, could I do my job. 
This is what Jesus asks of us. To fix our eyes ahead, on Him, 
and not to look back. We are to take the plow, now, and commit 
ourselves to His task. [Victor Teacher's Commentary] 

So in religion. He that enters on it must do it with his whole 
heart, He that comes still loving the world-- still looking with regret 
on its pleasures, its wealth, and its honors-- that has not 
"wholly" forsaken them as his portion, cannot be a Christian, and is not 
fit for the kingdom of God. How searching is this test to those who 
profess to be Christians! And how solemn the duty of all people to 
renounce all earthly objects, and to be not only "almost," but 
"altogether," followers of the Son of God! It is perilous to tamper with the 
world-- to look at its pleasures or to seek its society. He that would 
enter heaven must come with a heart full of love to God; giving "all" 
into his hands, and prepared always to give up all his property, his 
health, his friends, his body, his soul to God, when he demands them, or 
he cannot be a Christian. Religion is everything or nothing. He 
that is not willing to sacrifice "everything" for the cause of God, 
is really willing to sacrifice nothing. (Barnes' Notes) 

"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and designing to 
make good work of his ploughing, will look back, or look behind him, 
for then he makes balks with his plough, and the ground he ploughs 
is not fit to be sown; so thou, if thou hast a design to follow me 
and to reap the advantages of those that do so, yet if thou lookest 
back to a worldly life again and hankerest after that, if thou 
lookest back as Lot's wife did to Sodom, which seems to be alluded to 
here, thou art not fit for the kingdom of God.".... As those are not fit 
to be sown with divine comforts whose fallow ground is not first 
broken up, so those are not fit to be employed in sowing who know not 
how to break up the fallow ground, but, when they have laid their 
hand to the plough, upon every occasion look back and think of 
quitting it. Note, Those who begin with the work of God must resolve to 
go on with it, or they will make nothing of it. Looking back 
inclines to drawing back, and drawing back is to perdition. Those are not 
fit for heaven who, having set their faces heavenward, face about. 
But he, and he only, that endures to the end, shall be saved. 
(Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

One of the saddest aspects in the Christian community involves 
those spiritual leaders who, after perhaps years of effective service 
for God, allow sin to drive them from their ministries. It may be a 
pastor, an elder, a deacon, a Sunday school worker, or a missionary. The 
sad results are the same. Testimonies are ruined, the faith of 
others may be weakened, and the cause of Christ suffers. What causes 
some to "look back" after once putting their hand to the plow? 
Several reasons can be given. First, the individual usually becomes 
careless, forgetting that his sinful nature can destroy his testimony, 
apart from the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Even the apostle 
Paul expressed his awareness of this potential danger (1 Co 9:26, 
27). Second, carelessness usually leads to prayerlessness. When we do 
not pray, we do not receive (Jas 4.2). Third, daily Bible study is 
neglected by the erring one. If these three tragic situations are allowed 
to develop, then a spiritual fall is inevitable. However, it must 
be remembered that God is the God of the second chance. Both Jonah 
(Jon 3.1) and John Mark (compare Ac 13.13 with 2 Ti 4.11) experienced 
God's forgiveness and restoration. Yet in the case of Lot's wife it 
was fatal. [Daily Devotional Bible mod] 

Commitment to Jesus prevents backsliding. What does Jesus want 
from us? Total dedication, not halfhearted commitment. We can't pick 
and choose among Jesus' ideas and follow him selectively; we have to 
accept the cross along with the crown, judgment as well as mercy. We 
must count the cost and be willing to abandon everything else that 
has given us security. With our focus on Jesus, we should allow 
nothing to distract us from the manner of living that he calls good and 
true. [Live Application SB] 

To follow Jesus means more than personal commitment to Christ as 
a person. It also means commitment to carry out Christ's purposes 
in the world. The one who follows Jesus must "go and proclaim the 
kingdom of God" (9:60), and gladly give himself "for service in the 
kingdom of God" (9:62). To follow Jesus means to identify ourselves with 
His purposes in the world, and give ourselves fully to them. [Victor 
Bible Background Commentary] 

God asks us to give His service the first place in our lives, to 
allow no day to pass without doing something to advance His work in 
the earth.... It is the consecration of the life and all its 
interests, that is necessary.... To everyone who becomes a partaker of His 
grace, the Lord appoints a work for others. Individually we are to 
stand in our lot, saying, "Here am I; send me." Whether a man be a 
minister of the Word or a physician, whether he be merchant or farmer, 
professional man or mechanic, the responsibility rests upon him. It is his 
work to reveal to others the gospel of their salvation. Every 
enterprise in which he engages should be a means to this end. PK221, 222 

Deserter or Disciple?;.. You can never be the same after the 
unveiling of a truth. That moment marks you as one who either continues on 
with even more devotion as a disciple of Jesus Christ, or as one who 
turns to go back as a deserter. [In His Time; My Utmost For His 
Highest re Joh.6:66] 

There are some whose hearts are in the past. They walk forever 
looking backwards and thinking wistfully of the good old days.... To this 
man Jesus did not say either, "Follow!"  or, "Return!" he said, "I 
accept no lukewarm service," and left the man to make his own decision. 
[Barclay Commentary] 

Mat 6:24 (NCV)  "No one can serve two masters. The person will 
hate one master and love the other, or will follow one master and 
refuse to follow the other. You cannot serve both God and worldly 

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you 
can only spend it once. [source unknown]