Weekly Devotion: Looking into the Past.

Why is that we Christians have a hard time looking just looking forward into the future? So many times we when we look back at the past we get depressed, we wonder what might have been, old hurts comes back up from past arguments and then the anger rises back up in us again. So why do we look into the past?

The bible warns us about looking into the past. In the gospel of Luke chapter 9 we find Jesus addressing three people who claims that they want to follow Jesus but they have excuses for why they can’t just up and leave everything behind and follow Jesus. Jesus tells them in verse 62, “No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Jesus warns us once we become believers in the Christian faith, don’t look back. So why in the world do we have such a hard time looking straight ahead. Maybe it’s because we boast about ourselves, believing that we have arrived, believing that because we are now this forgiven child of God, we got this get out of hell free card, then nothing can stop us. But that’s truly not the case that we find to be biblical. If we take Jesus at his word, then once we became believers in Jesus Christ and look back into the past, then we aren’t really worthy of the Kingdom of God, now are we? According to Jesus, the answer is no. So what do we do, we continue to press forward looking into a future, because a great future is better than a great past!

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About Neal Vick

I'm a United Methodist Pastor that's sold out to Jesus, and nothing else. I hate the traditionalism of the church and long for a refreshing movement of the Holy Spirit. Let's tear the walls of the church building down and bring the Gospel of Christ to the streets!
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