Don’t Look Back

Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
—Luke 9:62, NIV

Do you ever cross a bridge and look back to see what the name of the river you just crossed? Maybe you have wondered what a sign said so on the way back through you looked back to see what it said. Ever wondered why they just didn’t print a road sign on both sides? Maybe not. Maybe that’s something I do.

Road signs are intended for the traffic going one way. Road signs do not concern themselves so much with the opposite side of traffic. It’s one way to them. Similarly God wants you looking one way. He doesn’t want you looking back to the past. He wants you looking forward toward your future. He wants to take you some where. He wants to show you new things. But he can’t do that with you looking back to see where you’ve been.

Have you ever looked back and regretted some decisions you made? Maybe you’ve been asked the question is there anything you would go back and change if you could. It’s been said that hindsight is 20/20. It’s easier to look back and notice things that could’ve been changed. It’s easy to make excuses for things that’s been done.

What’s not easy is looking forward with an optimistic heart. God is more concerned with your future than your past. He sent His son to die for all our screw ups and covered us in grace. We have no reason to look back. We have every reason to look forward; forward to God’s blessings, forward to God’s plans, forward to God’s kingdom being restored.

God has no use for those who want to dwell in the past and wallow. He has every use for those who want to look forward to the glories of God with excitement and desire to bring Him fame. Remember, the windshield is far bigger than the rearview mirror. Continue looking forward!

*This is an article I wrote for my church newsletter


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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