Don’t Look Back

Don’t look back

Luke 9:57-62

Jesus was talking to two men who had a problem with following Him

They each had a problem with something that each of us can have.


1) V57 -58 the now answer – He had a problem with material possessions

“Lord I will follow you now”

By verse 58 we know that this guy was following Jesus because of the popularity he thought he would experience. Things tempted him.

Are we?

Homes, cars, money. Do these have a hold on us? Not that we should not care for the things that God has blessed us with but that we make sure these things don’t become our idol that we worship taking the place of God. 


2) V59-60 The later answer – He had a problem with maternal passing.

“First let me take care of my father”

This man was telling Jesus “First let me take care of my father and when he dies, I will follow you”

His family came first. Does our family come before Jesus?

Our husbands?

Our children?

Our wives?

Look at Adam. He chose to be with the gift (Eve) in sin over the Giver.

Abraham and Sarah. Did they start to love the gift (Isaac) over the Giver?


3) V60-62 the wait awhile answer – He had a problem with marital parting

“First let me go home and bid my family farewell”

When this fellow went home, he would have probably been talked out of following Jesus. His family would not have understood.


When we start out with Jesus; when we begin our walk, we become a new man, a new creature and we fir into new things (Ephesians 6:11-18)

We are then clothed in righteousness; a righteousness that comes from God and so we no longer fit into the old sinful suit- a suit that is sewed in sin (Genesis 3:7-9)

When we turn back to that old way. That way that we left when we were saved; when we go back to those old things we always tend to put them before the Lord.


Some problems of looking back:


Lot’s wife – Genesis 19:26 Turning back can stop us in our tracks

Lot’s wife looked back. Back at the place where she had lived. Sodom was a very dirty, sick place where sin had been dominant. God had delivered Lot and his family but she didn’t want to be delivered. She still longed for the place where she had lived – so she looked back. God had warned them not to, but the sin she left still called to her and she longed for it.

When we look back at that sinful life we halt our walk. We slow ourselves down and we stop seeking after God – Psalms 53:1-6


The children of Israel – Psalms 78 Turning back can strand us in our training

The Israelites had been delivered from Egypt. They had seen God do many things for them, yet they longed at times to go back to the place where they were taken from because they argued that God had brought them out to the wilderness to kill them

Psalms 78:7-59

Acts 7:37-39

They argued and complained to God and for that they spent 40 years in the wilderness and all but 2 were allowed to enter into the Promised Land.


Don’t look back – 1 Corinthians 10:1-12


Don’t look to material things

Don’t look to your parents

Don’t look to your family


Look to Jesus

Titus 2:13

Hebrews 12:1-3, 14-15



About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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2 Responses to Don’t Look Back

  1. Rick Beckman says:

    Clint, good Bible study. I’m definitely subscribing to your blog after posting this.

    “Look to Jesus.”

    May everything else fade, that He may be preeminent in our lives.

    May all that holds us back be cast off, that we may more fully experience His kingdom.

    And may every secret sin in our lives be manifest before His light, that we may be made whole again by His inexhaustible grace.

  2. Clint Rodgers says:

    Thanks Rick

    I am going to subscribe to yours as well as join the message board. I found your site while looking up someone who has commented on both our blogs but I was really impressed with your post on Genesis. As you can tell I am working on one myself

    Thanks for the comment and encouragement. Not alot of that is going on here in the blogosphere.

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