“And Iesus said vnto him, No man hauing put his hand to the plough, and looking backe, is fit for the kingdome of God.”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
9:62 Is fit for the kingdom of God - Either to propagate or to receive it.
Lu 9:62 No man, having put his hand to the plough. An agricultural figure. The plowman must look ahead instead of back. So, too, of the Christian. The Savior's words were suggested by a request of one to go home for a farewell before following him. In thousands of instances it has been show that the convert who goes to confer with unbelieving relatives before the final step is likely to part with Christ instead. Heathen, ready to be baptized, who go home for a final farewell before the step, are likely to be persuaded not to take it, so missionaries tell us.