Whoever has put hand to the plough and looks back, is not fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62
Jesus’ customary understanding attitude about human nature is that we are always tied down by our love of comfort. As Jesus and his disciples tied down by our love of comfort. As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, some men met him and said they wanted to follow him. He was very demanding with the disciples who wanted to follow him. He said to one, ” Foxes have holes and birds have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. ” Luke 9:58. To let him know the cost of following him as a disciple. Another said he wanted to bury his dead father, but Jesus answered him, ” Let the dead bury their dead; he is for the proclamation of the kingdom of God. ”
Jesus could not waste his time in forming men who were not ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of the Gospel. So to another one who asked permission to say good-bye to his family before he would follow Jesus, he said to him, ” whoever has put his hand to the plough and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God. ” It is difficult to think one is free if one has not had the opportunity to prove it by doing things differently from what is understand and accepted. Francis of Assisi had set a very good example begging for bread in his own town after having lived as the son of a rich family.
Even though life can only be understand by looking backward, but it must be lived by looking forward. We cannot look after the needs of everyone, meanwhile there will be people from among ” the dead ” to take care of the obligations of solidarity. A breakthrough in becoming free to follow Jesus and never look back is the only thing which is necessary.
Kingdom of God is the narrow road that leads to life, and only a few find it.