I talked about “remembering” this week, and you know I do tend to remember probably more than I should, but tonight I went to hear an old friend speak simply because of all the old memories of being in a band together, all the music, laughs, meals, good times and his sermon kind of hit me in the nose so I thought I would share the subject with you!
I’ll let you guess what it is for a minute while I bring to your remembrance the story from the Bible of Lot and his family. You probably know that Lot was the nephew of Abraham and was given the choice of where he wanted to live, he could have chosen to be in the plains or the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and he chose the brighter more exciting life of the latter. OK let’s skip to the end of that story by saying the city was going to be destroyed by God, Uncle Abraham bargained with God for the life of his nephew, Lot and his family and upon their rescue they were given only one instructions as they departed, that was “Don’t look back!” They were leaving, going toward safety but it tugged at Lot’s wife heart to leave her home and the town she had grown to love, she just couldn’t help herself, she turned for one last look and it tuned out to be her last look at anything, ever!
We must look forward to what it is that God has for us in our life.
The Apostle Paul was born as a citizen of Rome and sat at the feet of the best teachers of that time learning all the laws of Moses; he was a Pharisee of the highest kind! I would say he might have started out a little “self-righteous” but was quickly humbled when Jesus appeared to him and called him into His service. Once he met Jesus, he was never the same! He suffered more than he had prospered and I wondered if he must have been tempted to look back but reading what he said as he was talking to a crowd of people, recorded in Philippians chapter 3, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. If you read it in the King James translation it says it this way: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye were otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember ye not the former things, Neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing;”
Don’t look back on your failures and dwell on your victories, they are all yesterday, 2016 is fresh, we have new things to accomplish,
However you read it, the message is clear, don’t turn back, don’t look behind, your future is in front of you!
Did you guess? It’s all about looking forward and not driving while looking in the rear view mirror!