“No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).

The life of faith is a forward journey that plows new ground. Like Abraham, it is going forth into a place of not knowing. To look back reflects a tentative commitment; being distracted by earthly concerns; a desire, perhaps, to go in another direction. If not appropriately dedicated to the task of discipleship, the voices of the dead past will drown out the voice of the One who calls us into the future of all things made new.

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