One sure sign of stagnation in the Christian walk is a deepening desire for nostalgia – that sick sense of longing for the good old days. Solomon reminds us that dwelling on an idealistic view of the past is pointless:
Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.”
– Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NKJV)
As followers of Jesus, we need to keep looking forward if we ever expect to keep up. We do not follow a Savior who stands still – much less one who walks backwards. The future is the only time available for us to apply the lessons we’re learning right now. The future offers the only opportunity there is to experience the result of our spiritual growth.
Paul realized that even he was a work in progress. The Christian can always be sure that the best is yet to come. Reaching forward is the only way to get to it. The Lord has a future planned for you that you don’t want to miss.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)