April 2

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:62 ESV

This verse came to mind when I was reading our Deuteronomy portion yesterday.

Yesterday, we read that the priests were to send home anyone afraid to go to battle and anyone newly married or who had just gotten a new home or just planted a vineyard.

I always thought that was nice, but when thinking of it in light of today’s NT reading, it meant a whole lot more.

It wasn’t a nice thing they were sent home. They were unfit for battle. They were turning back.

They were distracted by life. Their attentions and affections were elsewhere. They were unfit.

The Deuteronomy reading says the fearful needed to go home because they would discourage others and cause them to fear. They weren’t only unfit, they were detrimental to the rest. They needed out of there. We need to be mindful of the influence others can have on us and guard against it.

Decide to follow Jesus, face like flint toward the cross. There’s no room for fears, no room for distractions. No turning back. No turning back.