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I have few friends who left everything they had built for a long time, careers, friends and investments and relocated to a remote area in the country for missionary work. Every time I think about them I feel ‘unsaved’ how could one leave everything behind and just go? I talked to them recently, they are so happy; you can feel the joy in their voices. I once asked them if they ever regret, if they ever look back and wish for their previous lives. (Because according to me, they no longer have a life) They confidently and unashamedly told me that their priority was forward and they are not looking back.
Today I have thought about the many times I have looked back or wanted to look back. Well, when I gave my life to Jesus, I was still struggling with keeping a balance, there were thing that took a while to let go. I was distracted severally by looking back at friendships and at my previous ‘fun lifestyle’. My thoughts were often diverted because of what I was leaving behind. I loved my normal, I thought that I don’t have to be a full time Christian, maybe I could just balance things up and be both spiritually good and ‘earthly fun’ But as I grew in salvation, I realized that it’s not about balance, it’s about priority. One has to make a choice, either to be hot or cold; there is no room for lukewarm-ness. And once one chooses to follow Jesus, they should not look back.
Christ has a stern warning to those who look back; He likens them to a man who puts his hands on a plow and looks back: “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Once we make the decision to accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, our priority changes, we become a new creation. God pulls us out of the darkness into the light; we should therefore keep walking in the light, not craving for the darkness. We must be fully convinced that our priority is God’s will for us, no matter what we have to leave behind. The worldly desires may seem entertaining and pleasurable, but we must resist every urge to look back, because everything that is of the world is temporary.
You might be looking back with your hands still on the plow thinking you can balance the two. Chances are that sooner or later you will let go of the plow and become unfit for the kingdom. Not everyone has been called to relocate to a remote area for mission work. But everyone who is in Christ has a Kingdom assignment. This assignment needs total attention, it needs to be prioritized and it needs to be done without looking back. Paul tells us in Philippians 3:13 to forget those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead!” We are to press on press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. The only way forward is not to look backwards. The past has nothing new to offer.
May the Lord grant us the grace to endure as we run the race, to focus on the new things He is doing in our lives and to have wisdom to shun sinful ways. May He grant us the right spirit to fix our eyes on Him, the author and finisher of our faith.