Quit letting the past destroy your future. Stay focused on where you are headed and not on where you used to be. Why?
Paul writes to us “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:13, 14 NIV84)
Jesus directly addressed this related to Lot’s wife in Luke 17:32 when he said
“Remember Lot’s wife!” This was a reference to Genesis 19:26 which states “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Why did she look back? Maybe she loved the world and the material things she had in Sodom. Lot was a wealthy man who had enough livestock and servants to cause a problem while he lived with Abraham (Genesis 13:5-7). He and his wife may have had a fine home with many expensive furnishings, servants, designer clothes, tasty food, and frequent entertainment.
She may have been reconsidering her decision to give up the privileges of her social status and prominent friends.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (I John 2:15-17)
Professed and possessed “all in” Christians know not to look back.
Keep moving forward!
YIC – Pastor James L. Henley, Jr.