Opening Question: What is one of your most favorite things about your childhood?

– There are things that exist in everyones lives that are fun to look back on.
– That said, it’s not always good to be looking back.

Luke 9:57-62
– Jesus interacts with three different people that seem to want to be His disciples.
– Each of the three guys has a “situation”.

Question: What do you think it was about Jesus that made people want to follow Him? (His lifestyle was admirable, Heaven, got to see miracles, etc…)
Question: What are some things about what Jesus said that made it hard for people to follow Him?

[v. 58] – “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
[v. 60] – “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
[v. 62] – “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.”

Question: Do these responses by Jesus seem fair or reasonable?
Question: What is something you’d leave everything for and “not look back”?
Question: What holds people back from having this mentality towards Jesus?

Philippians 3:12-14
– Paul talking about his relationship with God.
– He says, “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”

Question: What are the dangers of looking back? (Can’t plow straight, can focus on what we’re losing instead of what we’re gaining, etc…)

(Genesis 19:26) – Lot’s wife looked back after leaving Sodom and Gomorrah and turned into a pillar of salt.

Challenge:  Don’t focus on what you have to give up to follow Jesus, look at what you stand to gain! In other words: don’t look back! It’s not worth it. Study the Bible to find out how to go forward!

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