Another also said, I will follow You, Lord, and become Your disciple and side with Your party; but let me first say good-bye to those at my home. Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back [to the things behind] is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:61-62 (AMPC)
Hesitancy is drawing back and you can’t move forward going backwards.
In order to advance you have to keep your focus unwaveringly set on the goal ahead. This is what being single minded is all about.
Many times the things behind which we ought to get our attention off of them are not necessarily behind in time or place but in importance.
There are things right in front of us even standing shoulder to shoulder right next to our purpose in life but behind in significance.
You cannot consider what everyone and everything says and progress in God’s purposes for you. This is because most often God’s thoughts or plans are contrary to what people, things, and situations say.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (AMPC) For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Therefore it’s imperative that you disregard every other voice in life that contradicts what you know in your heart, what God’s Word says, and the reliable counsel from trusted godly friends.
The one most important area where we need to be single minded is choosing to go by God’s opinion of us and not man’s opinion.
In the garden of Eden Adam and Eve sinned and fell and brought trouble and suffering to the entire planet and creation because they were not single minded in sticking to what God had spoken to them.
But thank God in another garden called Gethsemane our last Adam who is Jesus Christ was single minded for He refused to go with what He sensed or felt or the dictates of the situation when He prayed to Father God that “not my will but yours be done”.
Be single minded in walking out God’s will for your life.
Be single minded in doing what’s right though it looks demanding and difficult and the wrong choice seems more inviting and convenient.
Daniel was single minded in continuing to openly publicly pray to his God, the one and only true God of his fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the creator and sustainer of all things. He did not waver when his practice of prayer was a defiance to the king’s decree that everyone was to pray to no other god except the king.
Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den as punishment for disobeying the king’s command. But God delivered Daniel for the lions did not devour or harm him. Daniel Chapter 6.
Not only was Daniel delivered but it turned out as an indisputable testimony to the king and the kingdom that there’s only one God who delivers and rescues and so the king decreed that everyone should tremble at and reverence this God of Daniel.
Be single minded in agreeing with God in all things and you’ll be an irrefutable proof of His truthfulness and faithfulness.