Moving forward

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Last week we explored the idea that it’s never too late to make a change, that God is always with us, always pursuing us, always showering us with his love and forgiveness. We say that we can always make a change, to repent of the things we have done wrong and be released from the past.

With God all things are possible. We encounter his love and we are changed. We see ourselves differently, not sinful but freed. Not worthless, but greatly loved. Not rubbish, but Gods treasured possession.
With God we are changed and transformed so: It’s time to move forward into the future God has planned for us.

Do you think God wants you to live in the past or live in the future?

In Luke 9:57-62 Jesus addresses this very question with three different people and the response is the same to each of them, don’t look to the past, look to the future you have with God. He finishes with an often quoted verse

Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

– Jesus

When you plow a field (yes, I know all of us have done that) you need to plow in nice straight lines. To do that you put a guidepost at the end of the field. You look at the guidepost as you plow and you go in a straight line. If you stop looking at the guidepost, if you look behind you, you will make a very crooked line and veer off course.

It’s not a hard concept to understand is it?

It’s the same with driving a car. If you look out your window at something you will start veering that direction.

You can’t walk in a straight line if you are looking behind you.

Jesus wants us to look to him as the guidepost in life! He doesn’t want us to veer off course. We are heading to him, travelling to him, becoming more and more like him every day.

When we stop focusing on the past and start focusing on what’s ahead it brings a change to our lives. It’s time to move forward into the future God has planned for us. He wants us to look forward, not behind, to the future not the past, to his Kingdom not our sin.

The Apostle Paul makes this same point in his letter to the Phillipians:

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

– Philippians 3:12-16

Your goal as a Christian is to be like Jesus. You wont achieve your goal fully in this life but it is the goal God created you for, it is what he designed you for, it is why he sent Jesus to Earth for.

God knows that we like to live in the past, but Jesus came to release us from the past so we can find ourselves in the future.

We are not perfect people and when we stuff up we like to live in the past and obsessed about it but Jesus came to free us from our sin. God remembers it NO MORE. It is gone, you are free so it is time to start acting like it. Let’s look at the guidepost ahead and not the past that is behind.

Homework:
1. Are you focusing on the past or the future?
2. Do you really believe that everything you have done wrong has been forgiven by God?
3. What does your future look like it you are striving towards Jesus

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