"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62.)
"Christ made this statement," said Elder Howard W. Hunter, then a member of the Council of the Twelve, in his April 1961 general conference address. "Three men had expressed their willingness to follow Him and become His disciples. The first of these said to him:" `Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
" `And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.' (Luke 9:57-58; see Matt. 8:19-20.)
"Jesus had no definite place of residence. He went from place to place teaching and doing good. It was necessary that the men who were called and set apart for the work should devote their time and attention and forego worldly affairs. The work of the Master set the great example. The second man was also willing to follow.
" `But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
" `Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.' " (Luke 9:59-60; see Matt. 8:21-22.)
Elder Hunter said: "Does this statement sound severe? The Master made it clear that the work of the kingdom was to take precedence over all other things. Then the third man stepped forward and said:
" `Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.' (Luke 9:61.)
"Not one of the three was willing to follow Him without first returning to their worldly affairs. The answer of Jesus is one of the great aphorisms of biblical literature: `No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.' "