Luke 17:32 contains a short warning—“Remember Lot’s wife!” We all should remember what happened to Lot’s wife. Lot had been warned that he needed to flee the coming destruction of Sodom. He and his family were to leave without looking back. His wife, however, couldn’t resist the temptation. She looked behind her, perhaps longingly, at the worldly city that had incurred God’s wrath. And she lost her life because of her disobedience.
Once we decide to follow God, we need to continue on that forward path. Jesus says that those who put their hand to the plow and then look back are not worthy of the kingdom. We can’t set our sights on worldly things without becoming worldly ourselves. Once we have put our sinful past behind us, let us continue to move forward to bigger and better things.