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No need for looking back

Mountains on the road to Colorado
Mountains on the road to Colorado
Michael Thacker

Christians should always move forward with no looking back. We should not have any regrets, but instead always learn from our past mistakes then let them vanish away into the past. Have you ever held on to old mistakes, past failures, or old scenarios you wish you could change? Everyone tends to have something of the sort in their lives, but as Christians we should never dwell on them. Instead we should move forward in God’s grace and forgiveness. Taking a look at certain scriptures will help any Christian understand better the no looking back command that Jesus gave to us all.

One of the most profound statements of Jesus concerning this topic is located in the book of Luke, “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’” (9:62). Once we submit our lives to God we should never look back. This looking back is not just a one time ordeal, but rather a continuously command even within our walk with God. We will continue to make mistakes even after submitting our lives to the Lord, but these mistakes must be lessons learned, then forgotten and forgiven.

Another statement regarding past issues is found in the book of Matthew, “Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (9:17). Christians can not submit to God then try and live the same old life they once did. Once we submit to God, then everything changes within and without. This concept also applies as our walk with God grow stronger and He leads us to greater heights. When He brings us up, we can’t live the same way as before. When we grow into men and women of Christ, we can’t continue in the babe ways of things, but instead move forward without looking back.

The book of Proverbs also emphasises this command of looking forward, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.” (4:25, 26). To walk forward one must look forward and always ponder which way they are going and watch for any hazardous obstacles that might hinder them. The same applies in the spiritual sense that our eyes must always look forward and ponder our path before us, so that we may not keep looking back and end up falling.

The Lord has called us all to Him and of course it’s up to each individual to choose God or self, but if you choose God then don’t look back. The road behind you will never go away if you are always looking back at the old life. It’s like a person walking on a treadmill, you walk for great distances and are exhausted, but once you stop you realise you never moved anywhere. Always keep your eyes on the Lord for the Lord is your guide and He is always before you.