“Don’t look back or you’ll turn into a pillar of salt”. I was singing a line of Marvin Sapp’s 'Never Would Have Made It' when my then seven year-old son made that profound statement.
I laughed. Then I really started thinking about his comment: looking back does sometimes immobilize us.
We can get so caught up in what we have gone through, and the people who've wronged us that we become embittered.
We forget that our experiences were necessary for us to become the person we are now.
We need to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)
Newton’s third law of Physics states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. For a Christian that means every choice, every action, every word, every thought affects our identity in Christ.
We either strike a blow to the enemy and stand up for Christ. Or we deny our risen Savior and score points for the enemy.
Like Lot’s wife, we have the option of choosing to obey Christ and leaving all the consequences to Him. Either that or we go contrary to His word and bear the consequences of our actions on our own. The best way to do that is to keep our eyes on Jesus.
When we focus on our past - and the the things that went wrong or that we could or should have done better - we take our eyes off Christ and start focusing on our weakness.
The beautiful thing about salvation is its redemptive quality. Not every action leads to our ultimate damnation. There is grace and there is favor.
At the same time: every action counts. We need to live each moment as if it were going to be our last. We need to live each moment conscious of the God who sent his Son to die for the whole world.
Lord, remind me that every day is a new opportunity to live for you. Help me to be a living testimony of your love and mercy. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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