61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Thoughts: The end of the year is a great time to set priorities. One of our priorities should be to keep our eye focused on where we are going. My uncle used to have some farm land that he rented to a man with a plow and mule. One time I got to try it out, and it is difficult to control if you do not have a reference point ahead of you. At the end of the year, it can be easy to live in regret for our failures in the past- looking back too much; or think of past obligations as if they outweighed our obligation to our Creator/Redeemer; or to move ahead in the wrong direction with the wrong priorities- or no priorities. The path of truth is narrow, but it is so important to stay on the right path to follow our Lord.
John Calvin Abridged: This man wanted to finish arranging his business before he left to go with Christ. While he was professing Christ with his words, he was turning his back on Christ to do his business. They are said to "look back" who are involved in the cares of this world. In doing this, they withdraw themselves from the right path plunging themselves from employments that disqualify them from following Christ.