Putting Your Hand to the Plow
Jesus is commenting on the high cost of discipleship and the fate that may await the disciples because they follow him. Let the dead bury the dead. Leave home and move out with me on perilous waters. He warns, “No one who puts a hand on the plow and looks back is fit for God’s kingdom.” Keep looking ahead, don’t waste time looking back, move on, dare to follow me into my promised future. Following Jesus is in great part a matter of assuming responsibility for those for whom we wouldn’t have felt responsible if not for Jesus making us his disciples.