“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 62)
Fitness for the kingdom of God is that mental readiness to enter in, to receive God’s new day and be brand new in it. Jesus reminded us often that entering into the kingdom of heaven—that heavenly state of being, that awareness of reality—required us to be like little children. That means consenting to be innocent, to be open, and to be humbly ready to give up the old for the new.
If we have made that conscious choice to cultivate our lives and cause them to truly prosper, we can’t keep looking over our shoulder and expect to do a good job or get where we are going. Your past is not a hindrance to your progress unless you let it be. Your fitness means you must be lean and clean. Let go of that baggage of what you believe damaged you yesterday, what mistakes you feel you made, the challenges mortal life has thrown your way. The kingdom of God, your most natural and comfortable and peaceful state of being right here and now, requires that you leave your so-called past behind.
You can’t live two lives. If you want to claim and feel your divine life, you can’t keep dwelling on your human one. Bless your past and let it go. Move forward and keep your eyes on the spiritual Truth that keeps beckoning you. Keep your focus on God and His daily new Life for you. Moving forward in this way, you will naturally walk out of those limits. You’ll get fit and trim through this productive activity. In addition, letting go of that unnecessary weight of the past, of matter, of disappointment, will have you experiencing a “you” that is freer, buoyant, childlike, energetic, happy, and a blessing to others as well!
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