In Sunday school the other weekend, my class and I were talking about the advances in technology over the past 100 years: about how people used to ride in horses and buggies, then cars and airplanes and space shuttles.
We talked about how dangerous it would be now if someone decided to ride a horse and buggy on a major highway, or used an old-model airplane to fly passengers, or tried to get to space in old technology. We have advanced beyond that; we’ve learned and we’ve grown. Every now and then we may indulge the whim to ride in a horse and carriage, or even a hot-air balloon, but ultimately, they are not safe or effective means of transportation in the long run.
I immediately saw a spiritual parallel.
In my faith, I’ve grown. I gave my heart to Jesus at five years old, and I’ve learned much more about Him and have grown physically, mentally, and spiritually in the time since then. I’ve stepped up to lead and mentor those around me. I’ve been faithful on this blog and in seeking God in my moment-to-moment life.
I can’t go back. Sure, every now and then I “indulge” the whim to worry or stress or negative self-talk, but ultimately, it’s dangerous in my journey to Christ. It can cause me to have an accident, as well as endanger those on this road around me.
I don’t say this from a place of feeling stuck, but a place of rejoicing over the progress, the advancements, in my faith. I don’t want to go back!
Imagine if the Israelites tried to cross back over the Red Sea, or if Queen Esther didn’t talk to her husband, or if Ruth stayed behind and let Naomi go on her own! History would be drastically different; a whole people group would be gone.
What part of our legacy could be erased if we turned back now?
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