Sunday, October 7, 2018

Don't Look Back

In the 1992 Olympics, Janet Evans won the silver medal in the 400 meter free-style swim. She had the lead right up to the finish but her hand touched the wall 4/10 of a second too late for first place. She lost the lead because she looked back, which slowed her enough to be passed. Looking back cost her the gold medal. Every time we look back it costs us something.

Jesus told us to not look back when He said, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32). She is remembered for only one thing. As she was leaving Sodom when God was destroying the city, she looked back after being warned not to (Gen. 19:26). She did it because her heart wasn’t totally in her decision to leave. Even as she left, a part of her heart was still in Sodom.

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they talked about going back to Egypt when things got rough. They looked back rather than moving forward. A part of their heart was still in Egypt calling them back.

Jesus said, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). When we make a decision to follow Jesus, we must do it with our entire heart. We can’t plow in one direction if we keep looking in the opposite direction. And we can’t follow Jesus if we keep looking back to what we left behind.

If you have received Jesus as your Lord, you’ve been totally forgiven so don’t look back on your past sins. If God leads you to make a decision, don’t keep wondering if you did the right thing. Close the back door of your mind and look forward to the good things God has planned for you.

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