Keep Your Hand On The Plow

Every Christian is called to be God's servant and should strive to serve with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. In Luke 9:62, Jesus said, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Jesus is telling us not to look back at the world and our old way of life but to to keep looking to God for all things. He seems to be speaking mainly to those in ministry, however, it applies equally to all believers. Even though everyone is not called into ministry, all believers are called to be servants for life. The Bible does not mention part-time Christians, part-time service or early retirement for anyone. Once a person accepts God's call into ministry, he becomes God's servant for life and should continue in service for as long as he or she is able. Once we have put our hand to the plow, we should not look back otherwise we will drift off the path God has chosen for us. If we long for what we have left behind, we will soon become worldly and backslide to become unfit for service in the kingdom of God. Our focus must always be on God and how to serve Him better.

Going into ministry

Jesus warned those who wanted to follow Him that He had no place to lay his head and if anyone wanted to follow Him then they must leave their old life behind (Luke 9:57-62). Elisha is a perfect example of the attitude needed by a person accepting God's call into ministry. In 1 Kings 19:19-21, we are told that Elijah anointed Elisha to succeed him as prophet. At the time, Elisha was plowing with his oxen. After Elijah anointed him, he went home to say goodbye to his family. He then slaughtered his oxen and burned his plowing equipment to cook the meat as a feast for the people. Then, after burning his bridges, he set out to follow Elijah and become his attendant. Elisha knew he was going into ministry for life so he completely cut himself off from his old way of life; he left family, friends, cattle and land to serve the Lord. Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23). Elisha denied himself all things and completely relied upon God.

Remaining faithful to the call

Not all who go into ministry remain faithful. For example, Balaam loved the world more than he loved God and he became wicked (2 Pet. 2:15). Initially, going into ministry may not be such a hard thing to do but it can become very testing. It seems that when we first go into ministry, and also when we first get saved, we go through a honeymoon period with the Lord. We strongly sense the Lord's presence and everything goes very well (I floated on clouds for ages). However, after a while the Lord withdraws those feelings somewhat and the honeymoon ends, so to speak, because God wants us to live by faith, not feelings.

Continuing in faith

Some years ago, I quit work and went into full time service for the Lord. In Mark 10:29-30 Jesus promises to provide for anyone who, like Elisha, leaves everything for Him and the Gospel. He said, "I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life." For many years I had no trouble believing this promise but, with age, my faith has weakened at times. It is easy to trust in something that is a long way off but the real test of faith comes when we are face to face with the situation. Jesus' disciples were very confident that they would not desert Him but they soon scattered in fear when He was arrested. In the same way, my faith is being tested as I face old age.

This testing of my faith resulted in serious agitation at times and a complete lack of peace for long periods. Recently, worrying that the Lord would not provide for me, I considered getting work to stop my bank account from emptying but that thought brought an even greater lack of peace. After much prayer, I came to understand how I was sinning against God: I was seriously offending Him in two ways:

  1. I had previously fully committed myself to Him but now I was considering going back into the world and removing myself from His service. Num. 30:2 came to mind and heavily convicted me. It says, "When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said." If I went back to work then I would be breaking my word and that would make me a liar.

  2. I was calling God a liar because I was no longer trusting His promise to provide for those who had left everything for Him and the Gospel.

It's no wonder that I had no peace. God doesn't like being lied to or being called a liar so it is easy to see why He had taken my peace away. Thankfully, once I came to see that my weak faith was leading me into great error, I repented and, needless to say, the peace of God returned. There is no doubt that in the future I will waver from time to time but big mistakes leave big scars and I am not likely to forget this lesson in a hurry.

Finally

When we look back, it is always easy to see our error but, the truth of the matter is, sin often creeps up and can overcome us like cancer. It starts out small but if we don't deal with it quickly then it will grow and cause us to sin. A lack of peace is a sure sign that there is sin between us and God; He always removes our peace when we sin. Sin can start out small but if it is not quickly repented of then it can soon cause big problems: A lie can utterly destroy relationships; dislike can lead to hate and even murder; a lingering look or touch can lead to lust and immorality; a covetous thought can lead to theft or jealousy or worse and our emotions can lead us into error just like my fear led to unbelief. For this reason, if we want to keep our hand on the plow and honour God then we have to keep our eyes on Jesus and deal with sin as soon as the Spirit convicts us. As soon as we lack peace we should ask God why He has taken our peace away. In this experience of mine, I was far too slow in seeking God and I suffered for it. I should have looked to Him much, much sooner. I have an article on hearing and following the Lord's voice, called The Way Of Peace, at

http://www.christianissues.biz/thewayofpeace.html

(Please note that this article is about my personal walk with the Lord. I am not saying that it is wrong to be in ministry and work at the same time. Paul worked as a tent maker during his ministry.)

This article can be downloaded under the heading Blog Articles at

http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads.html

Mick Alexander

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Comment by Apostle of Christ Solael on May 15, 2012 at 2:38pm

I see an error in my comment:  I stated "We are not to ask for anything and only depend on God for all provisions for it.  For if you are truly anointed to be a Minister of God - then He will bless you with the provisions that it will take to keep it running. I am blessed with the ability to know what true anointing is!!! "


When it should read "we are to ask for all things and depend on God for it", or put more simply, when we begin a ministry, we are to depend on God for all provisions for it.

I hope there was no confusion there.

Comment by Apostle of Christ Solael on May 14, 2012 at 8:09pm

@Elaine:  You can not please God without it! :o)

Hebrews 11:6

Amplified Bible (AMP)

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]

Hebrews 11:6

King James Version (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Comment by Apostle of Christ Solael on May 14, 2012 at 7:15pm

@Mick:  That is so very true.  The Lord states that we must labor in Faith - and that is what we must do, until we reach our Sabbath.

Comment by Mick Alexander on May 14, 2012 at 6:48pm

Thanks for your comments Elaine and Soleal. Keeping the faith is not a breeze. If it was we would all be unmovable mountains.

Comment by Apostle of Christ Solael on May 14, 2012 at 6:46pm

@Elaine:  So very true, praise Him no matter the circumstance!  For all things, are for His Glory alone - for you to see His Goodness and Mercy!  I have seen it first hand, therefore, I do it automatically now!

Comment by Apostle of Christ Solael on May 14, 2012 at 6:38pm

"I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life’s as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life."

 

Wow, I cannot tell you how true your post is!  I have experienced much of what you have stated, for the exception of putting the plow down.  I did not want to go to hell for it!   I had issues with putting my complete trust in God and resting in His Sabbath - His finished Works, with instances of worrying.  Until I was able to trust completely in God in Faith – and I mean everything in my life in His Hands and not do anything without His say or lead, while also learning to place Him first and only on my priority list; it was those lessons learned, as well as the teaching of what the true Sabbath is - and how it is truly Jesus Christ and not a day, that I have learned the truth.  When I was able to begin to live, speak and breathe the Word of God daily, as a way of life (like my culture is a way of my own life) -  it was His Word and His Promises, that I have received in return with great rewards!  In fact - all I have to do is speak in the lives of others (as well as my own), and it is done.  I have to speak knowing that all things that I say become manifested – therefore, cursing another is death – and it shall not be done.  God is my Avenger.  It is true about ministry.  We are not to ask for anything and only depend on God for all provisions for it.  For if you are truly anointed to be a Minister of God - then He will bless you with the provisions that it will take to keep it running. I am blessed with the ability to know what true anointing is!!!  It is literally being woken up, and being told what to teach on the next day or the same day at your ministry.  Therefore, I do not have to “wonder” what I should teach on – I just wait for my Lord to tell me – and He even opens the Word to the exact scripture to edify the teaching! Second, what you have stated about being a true prophet of the Lord, which is not just a spiritual gift, but His Grace which is His Anointing as well is very true! Because we preach the Word of God to all four corners of the Earth, and some, like myself, are true Prophets of God, the enemy is jealous and angry and is allowed to test our Faith. You and I teach the truth of God – we do not defile it or pervert it with the laws of man or the devil through man.  When you begin to understand this – while resting in your Sabbath – you will see the truth as the Lord shows you the wiles of the devil, and as you learn the techniques of the devil and as you hear the demonic suggestions of the devil, before they are placed in your mind.  In other words, you no longer have to wonder if you are hearing a demonic suggestion or God, for you hear Satan before He speaks the words that He wants to place in your mind – as a suggestion, to get you to doubt, worry or lack faith.  The devil goes to Church – and he even speaks through supposed likeminded and caring Christians - who I have met on other sites as they also, have called themselves prophets of God.  But a true prophet knows the truth, and knows when to speak and when not to speak, for the Lord holdeth our tongues.  In other words, there is a season to speak and a season to not to speak.   What I am saying here is that it is very good and enjoyable, when I see not just the edification of the Word of God with the confirmation of what is going on in my own life, but the truth of it!!!

 

Many blessings Brother in Christ Mick Alexander, and I truly hope you post this blog on my site as well.  Many are learning, and are eager to feed their spirit with the truth of the Word of God!

Loves..

 

Solael

 

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