Don’t look back
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.
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?
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
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
Hebrews 12:1-3, 14-15