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A New Year's look

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Jesus said, “No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9: 62). In other words, to plow a field a man must look across the field at a tree or rock and direct the blade toward it. It is not possible to think one could plow a straight line by looking backwards. This little verse has many lessons for the New Year.
1. Opportunities are only in the future.
2. Focusing on history distracts from future efforts.
3. The quality of one’s effort determines the quality of the product.
4. History cannot be changed.
5. Keep eyes fixed on goals.
6. To profess the understanding how to live successfully and not have that knowledge is futile and hypocritical.
7. God’s future kingdom is the place only for real believers
8. Only truthful workers can be dedicated to sincere effort.
9. A person professing faith without the experience and joy of faith is of no value to the work of the kingdom.
10. God has standards for those He will bless and use.
11. Whoever dwells on the negatives of life will live unhappily.
There was no problem with the worker’s hands. The problem is with the wayward eyes. The Bible also talks about this.
1. Lot’s wife was so enamored with Sodom and Gomorrah that God allowed her to turn into what was all around – salt.
2. Those who had mixed feelings about fighting in Gideon’s army were told to go home.
3. Jesus asked the disciples who they thought He was to resolve any question of doubt.
4. Mark went with Paul and Silas on a missionary trip, but suddenly went home to his mother. His lack of dedication caused a major schism between these preachers of the Gospel.
Dedication is better than resolution. Hard work is better than a job half done. A futuristic look is better than dwelling on the past. Behavior demonstrates worthiness for His work. A good harvest comes from the use of a good plough and a true farmer.

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