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Week 74 Bible Reading: Philippians 3:8–17

Plowing Straight Lines

Let us look only to Jesus. - Hebrews 12:2 ICB

Doesn’t it sound like fun to drive a tractor? You don’t even need a driver’s license if you are plowing a field. But as you drop the plow into the soil and head out across the field, you have to pay attention. If you look down at the gauges or glance around to look for birds or wildlife, you’ll be in for a big surprise. At the end of the row, you’ll look back and instead of seeing a straight line you’ll see a row that looks like a slithering snake.

There’s a better way. “Plow with your eye on the fence post,” is the goal. By focusing on one point across the field, you’ll get a straight line.

This is similar to the message of the writer of the book of Hebrews. He said, “Let us look only to Jesus.” That way we won’t get sidetracked (Hebrews 12:2 ICB).

If we focus on Christ, we will plow a straight path with our lives— not paying attention to bad things—and we’ll do just what God wants us to do in life.

Fun Fact

The first self-propelled tractor was built by John Froelich in 1892. It was gasoline-powered. Froelich lived in Iowa.

Just You and God

“To be honest, Lord, it’s hard to stay focused on you. There are so many other interesting things going on. Help!”

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