by Rex Yancey

You Can't Go Forward Looking Backward
Rex Yancey
Hebrews 10:38-39; 2 Samuel 5:10

Jesus said, ''No man who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.'' He knew that we cannot go forward looking backward. You have achieved a significant goal in your life. But neither is it the last goal you will need to make nor the last one you will need to achieve to have a meaningful life.

The writer of Hebrews was addressing Jewish Christians who were tempted to go back to the rituals of Judaism. Those rituals were a part of their culture. I expect they felt they were missing out by eliminating the food laws, celebrations, etc. But Jesus indicated that God took no pleasure in those who shrinks back and the result of that retreat would be their demise.

There are two kinds of Christians, those who draw near; and those who draw back. Charles Stanley said there were three kinds of Christian servants, those who drift, those who give up, and, those who go on.''

-Our text says ''And David went on and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.''

-You have reached a transition period in your life. I want to challenge you to day to celebrate it. It is worth celebrating. But once you have had your moment of celebration, I want you to have a moment of rededication. I want you to go on.

-You face a dangerous and deceitful world. There are pitfalls everywhere. You will face many challenges ahead. There will be roadblocks, detours, bridges out, and debris everywhere. This was true of David in his day.

- I want us to see what he experienced and what he did with his experiences.


So will you. I think of a counseling center hotline voice mail message that correctly sums up how we often feel. ''Thank you for calling. If you are obsessive-compulsive, press one repeatedly. If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press two for you. If you have multiple personalities, please press three, four, five and six ...

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