By: Tim Sader
As soon as they brought them out, one of them said, Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you’ll be swept away! (Genesis 19:17)
Last week my friend Bobby wrote about faith, fruit and perfection. He discussed how our faith must produce good fruit as we work toward the perfection Christ helps us to attain. Once we have faith it can be easy to second guess it, walk away or live a double life. Often times we can be found looking back to our past sins, hurts or memories. This isn’t always bad but we cannot live today as if it were last decade, last year or even yesterday because it is behind us. Way back in Genesis God decided to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness. Angels came to Lot and his family and basically dragged them out of the city. After they were out one of the angels told them to run away and forbid them to even look back; they weren’t to stop until they reached the mountains. Lot’s wife was having a hard time letting go of her past life though so she decided to turn and look back so she was turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:25-26). Sodom and Gomorrah represent the world, sin and the flesh or the old way of doing things before we were with Christ. When we look back what we are looking for is trouble and if we don’t stop we will be part of its downfall. We are fleeing toward our city of refuge if we will not be caught up again by the world and its ways. The word of the Lord concerning Pharaoh Necho was to prepare the armies to battle but I (God) knows they are defeated and will flee without looking back because of fearing the Lord (Jeremiah 46:3-5). It is better to flee toward God without looking back then to flee away from Him because we wouldn’t flee from our sins and we cannot run away from him.
The sins of those who are obviously sinning now will reach the judgement that will come but sometimes our sins trail behind to entice us later (1 Timothy 5:24). The things in the past that separated us from God we should not dwell on. God is doing a new thing in us if only we will perceive it. He is making a way in our wilderness and streams in the wasteland we once were (Isaiah 43:18-19). About the former life we have been taught to put off our old self that is being corrupted by its own desires so our minds will be made new. Instead we must put on the new self, created to be like God in righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24). The former regulations under the law were weak and useless; they made nothing perfect. A better hope has been introduced, in it we draw near to God (Hebrews 7:18-19). The better hope we have is faith in Jesus Christ through Him we can draw near to God; He is the way. One man told Jesus, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God (Luke 9:61-62).” Looking back to the past is holding us back from property serving the Lord. If we turn our backs on Jesus for any reason how can we properly serve in the kingdom of God? We cannot look back and be swept away by our past. Nearing the end of his life Paul said he hadn’t attained hold of Christ in all His glory. He did however put the past behind himself and strain on toward what was coming, the goal to win the prize which God had called him to in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:13-14). Fully knowing Christ is a wonderful prize! Looking away from Jesus to look at our past as if we are missing something is completely meaningless. Looking back to sin again only leads to sure destruction of the new work He has begun in each of us.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16