Are you ready to move forward with your life and not look back? Christ spoke of readiness or fitness in reference to entering His kingdom. Not only do we need physical fitness, we must need spiritual fitness. Becoming physically fit is about changing your diet, working hard, and getting results. As you will see, spiritual fitness is similiar, it's about changing your thoughts, focusing forward, and reaping a harvest!
What's your motivation to be fit? Unfortunately most people are not motivated until a serious problem occurs. Our race has many problems which only have inner, spiritual solutions. Christ here provides both a personal challenge and the plan to becoming fit for His kingdom! For when we become spiritually ready there is nothing we cannot do or overcome in this world.
To be fit you must be able to do more than just 'talk a good game'- there must be results. No one is considered on the road to fitness until there are obvious improvements. Are you ready to accept a challenge that is guaranteed to change your life?
57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
What we see in these verses is a collection of people who were not ready to follow Christ into the kingdom of God. Some say they are, but then they allow conditions and circumstances to prevent them from following Christ. Others use family issues as an excuse to not follow 'so closely.' Then there's those who just can't let go of what they have or of their past- in all cases, they were looking back. 'Get ready to follow Christ. For once you're following Him, you can't look back.
Who are "the dead" that are supposed to "bury the dead"? According to Christ, it's those who are not spreading the Gospel "for faith without works is dead." (James 2:26) So we have those who have dead faith and those who are spreading the Gospel by faith. Faith is more than words, it's being ready to follow Christ.
Here we have those who come to Christ, along with others whom Christ personally invites. We are all full of excitement when we first come to Him. However, when we hear Christ say things like this, most become quite hesitant.
According to this, the goal is to be so focused on Christ, you can't take your eyes off of Him. Being a Christian is a lifestyle of following Christ. So if getting ready to do something for God appeals to you, Christ offers you this challenge.
Yahshua Christ was God in the flesh, as He was also a Man- You commit something to Him, He'll hold you to it. If we tell Him we want to commit our lives to Him, He's not going to pat us on the back and say, "Well, good luck champ." Through this challenge He actually shows us how to be ready and stay fit- DON'T LOOK BACK.
As a white individual in this world today, you can no longer afford to look back. God has done everything for us, while putting up with our ignorant ways. Our Father wants His children to position themselves into doing His will. It's time to make our mark for Him, knowing if we'll take care of what He wants us to, He'll take care of us.
What sincerity we find when this "certain man" wants to follow Christ. Yet so many times sincerity falls by the wayside. Christ then gives one of those cryptic responses as if to say, "Are you sure you want to follow Me?!" This reveals His wanting followers who are tired of their old life. If one is tired of his old life, he is more likely not to look back.
What does it mean to follow Christ? To humbly live by faith- He says, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." This is all in reference to being sacrificial and flexible for the sake of the Gospel.
Why did God create Adam? To tend a Garden. God always intended for Adamites to grow and produce- that's where plowing comes in. We plow and sow good seed bringing forth white children. We plow and sow good seed by sharing the Word with others. We plow and sow good seed when we live by faith. We plow and sow love and kindness when we take the initiative to reach out to our brother or sister in need. That same Spirit God gave Adam wants to flow thru your life.
What does it mean to be "fit for the kingdom of God?" The word "fit" (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2111) is well pleased...appropriate. Conforming to other peoples' molds wears you out. Being "fit for the kingdom" means being shaped by God into an appropriate match for a certain task to glorify Him. Yahweh has something for each of us to do and a certain 'field' He wants us to 'plow.' Our focus must be upon developing into this valuable, steady 'plowhand.' Above all to be "fit," is to be well pleasing to God.
Being fit for the kingdom speaks of our readiness to do the work of the Gospel. If you know the truth then you are a messenger, ready to carry the message. You're going to plow and you're going to find a way to make it work. God has a place He wants you to be and a people He wants you to reach. There's where you put your eyes.
What God requires for us is to KEEP our hand on the plow. Plowing is the first step toward a harvest. Ultimately we are only valuable to His kingdom if we are producing good fruit for His glory. So not only does God require you to put your hand to the plow but to move forward.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Concerning the white race, we have a lot of serious issues and problems that have been impossible to solve. But when you look at this verse, do you see the way to the solutions? You do if you want to follow Christ instead of yet, another man. Can't you see how much further God wants to take us?! How ridiculous it is to put our confidence in the same old, external methods that have never worked!
Christ is giving His own expectation for us here. He expects us to do greater works than He did! Which will be those within our race to do it? "He that believeth on me." Faith reveals the pathway to God's greatest glory and blessings. Things like politics and man-made religion only tempt us to look back. We must set our spiritual sights completely ahead if we intend on living up to our Father's expectations.
The challenge dwells in the mind. Controlling our thoughts and practicing faith must be of highest priority. You must keep your focus on what God wants to use you for. Therefore deprive your mind from all the temporal, useless, worldly garbage, and follow Christ.
Who do you follow; who do you listen to? If it's someone who's not helping you forward focus toward the kingdom of God, what good are they? Such is the contrived, two-headed (political) monster which keeps whites at odds with one another, while making no difference. THE WHITE RACE HAS GOT TO QUIT DEVOURING ITSELF. We are the same people headed for the same kingdom.
Why not just follow Christ together. Critics are disposed of when everyone else is following Christ. Notice how little you get tripped up by criticism and silly debates, when you're focus is on reaching and doing good to your brothers and sisters.
II CORINTHIANS 10:3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
This is how we prevent ourselves from looking back: thru engaging in spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare occurs thru consciously allowing the indwelling Spirit to control your thoughts. Everything we do is controlled by thoughts including, whether we maintain our focus or look back. If what comes into your mind does not "fit" with helping you move forward, you counteract it with a thought that expresses the truth of your destiny in Christ.
To not look back, you must control your thoughts. "Casting down imaginations" is putting away thoughts of worry and fear. You have no need to worry if you are looking ahead. All the carnal, 'big ideas' which society raises, "every high thing," is no match for your mind when it is controlled by God's Spirit. For having the "knowledge of God" can result in "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Living a life of faith is first IN YOUR MIND and then thru your life.
One who closely follows Christ doesn't look back. Everything you should focus on is out in front of you. At the same time, you're leaving a path for others to follow and be blessed. The plow represents a heart wanting to open other hearts for sowing something good to grow inside of them.
The Spirit guides by faith. Living by faith is looking forward, have you really tried it? As long as the plow is moving forward, you are doing exactly what God wants you to do. When you're thinking on what's ahead, you are thinking with your spiritual mind. This is where the difference is made: you either concentrate on believing God for the future, or you worry about (or because of) the past.
Think about where you're headed for God. What are you doing to prepare ground with family and friends? Putting your hand to the plow is a labor of love. Love your people by searching for ways to reach them. This challenge is for a real man or woman who has the guts to step up and put their hand to the plow. To look back is pure selfishness and a failure to see the importance of spreading the Gospel to our people.
God wants us always making positive, forward progress, breaking new ground for seed. He's told us exactly how to do it- FOCUS ON BEING CONSISTENT: Make the life you live measure up to the God you believe in.
To develop consistency is a huge goal in the Christian life and is what Christ's primarily teaching here. To live within what God alone has given is the life to attain to. To live for God, knowing He has and will use you, can blossom into that abundant Christian life where Christ speaks to you as His friend.
Yet there's no point in plowing if you can't keep your focus. Focus is most practical and at the same time, is most challenging, for so many. Only when we're focused on what God's doing are we effective for God. A long term result of maintaining your focus is consistency.
God furthers His kingdom thru what the Apostle Paul called "the foolishness of preaching." Preaching isn't about pulpits and pews, it's about being consistent, living out what you speak, and speaking about why you live; people need to hear AND see the real thing.
Following Christ is doing what you've got to do to keep moving in the right direction. Despite popular opinion, the Bible teaches repeatedly how much our Father wants to bless us. Don't you love those verses where God promises such great blessings?! How about getting our lives in the spiritually-fit direction to begin seeing some tangible results?
The main goal is to keep your life involved in furthering the Gospel. We make it complicated because we add on external rules and rituals, while succumbing to worldy pressures. Faithless men still think they must 'update' it thru worldiness and entertainment, but anything other than His Word is unfit.
We must become more usable for the kingdom of God. If you're 'end game' isn't to live by faith, spreading the message of Christ to Israel, then what is your value to the kingdom's work?
Yahweh wants consistency from His people; for the straighter the row, the more that is able to be sown. Within this challenge, God is looking for sharp, steady progress in order for us to establish spiritual fitness. Once the rows are dug and the seed is sown, necessary steps have been accomplished for the harvest.
We say we love our Father, but how are we treating our brother? We say we trust God but are we looking ahead? We say we're following Christ but is our life in line with His Words? James said, "let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation." Plowing for God is backing up your words with love; answering the challenge from within.
Based on this challenge, how much are you worth to God? What you're worth is reflected by what you are focused on. Fix your eyes on Him and seek to follow the Spirit within. Plowing could represent learning to do something you might eventually enjoy doing for God. Whatever it is, it's time to get ready.
Don't get distracted by things that are inconsequential. Maintain your focus, recognize your consistency, and Yahweh will show His appreciation for your faith. We love our Father along with our Brothers and Sisters, and keep moving forward for His honor and glory.
Though plowing doesn't appear to offer much up front, if you'll follow Christ and don't look back, you can expect a harvest one day. Your Christian life is what you make out of it. It's whatever you want it to become and produce based on what you're willing to give. Obviously, Christ's expectations are not confusing, if anything it is we that are confused about how to live. The only real potential we have is to live up to Christ's challenge; to live by faith, never looking back.