I had lunch with a friend this week. He said he got a word from God: “Keep Going.”
I had to laugh. I get this word all the time. Another popular word I get is: “Move Forward.”
We serve a forward moving God who always looks ahead – never behind – and we must do the same.
We serve a God full of great hope and excitement for our future, not our past. Our past may have dictated who we were but when God steps in everything changes. The past is suddenly dead and buried. You are born again and like an infant your life begins anew. All chains are broken, you are set free in Christ, and you move forward never looking back to who you once were.
I remember my unsaved life, although the memories are hazy and vague the deeper I press into the Lord. When I was unsaved I was so chained to my past it was…ridiculous. I spent countless hours agonizing and beating myself up over past mistakes and regrets. The road not taken. The good decisions never made. The wasted years and opportunities. All the terrible things I did and said to so many who passed through my life.
When you get saved, all sins are forgiven and all regrets swept aside. Life is fresh, new and exciting; filled with hope, joy and wonderful opportunities. You stare at the world in wide-eyed wonder, seeing the world for the first time through the eyes of Jesus. Over time the Lord distances you from your past and you become more and more future-focused. The miracle of salvation is all around you with nothing holding you back from your destiny in Christ.
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:92)
Of course, the prince of darkness will try and derail all of this. Our past regrets are the devil’s playground. He chains us to regrets, preventing us from moving forward in Christ. He keeps us fixed on how better our lives would have been if we had done it differently. Satan goes into great detail too. The job or career we could have chosen, the man or woman we never married, the business investment we passed up, the schools or colleges we never attended, the childhood we never had, the money we squandered…the list is endless. Anything to distance us from Christ and keep our eyes off the Lord.
For a long and difficult season I fell into his trap of lies and deceit. One of my biggest regrets went something like this:
“If I had found God when I was a child, my life would have been so different. I would have been happy and at peace instead of wandering the earth lost and miserable. Filled with the knowledge, wisdom and love of Christ, I could have reached out to so many lost souls, prayed for thousands, made friends with wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ, lived in the goodness of God day after day. Instead, here I am in my 50s with my life winding down. Did God save me too late? Do I have the time and energy to fit it all in?”
It took me a long time to let this regret go, and live for today and better days ahead. To understand and accept God is in control and His timing is always perfect. He chose to make me “Alive at 50” for a reason. I was in the perfect place, at the perfect time, surrounded by the perfect people, at the perfect age. It was His decision, not mine, and with that knowledge in my spirit I look forward with anticipation and excitement to the best and brightest years of my life.
God tells us to keep going and move forward – to a future full of hope, joy, goodness and love – and never look back to what our lives once were or what they may have been. We must listen carefully to what He tells us and always keep these words close to our hearts:
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)Move forward in Christ, keep going, and never look back Click To Tweet
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