Remember Lot's wife. So says Jesus as he answers questions about the coming of the end of the world, or as the Pharisees put it the coming of the Kingdom of God.
The story Jesus alludes to is in Genesis 19. Here is Lot and his family fleeing from a city that God is going to destroy. It took some convincing to get them to go, si eventually they had to be grabbed by the hand and force out. Flee and dont look back, God says to them.
Lot's wife looks over her shoulders, glances back and wamo turns into a pillar of salt. No warning was given as to what might happen, just the command - don;t look back.
The Hebrew word is much more than a glance back. It refers to an inability to let go of the past.
You may have your own thoughts as to why we can't do that, why we can't let go of past words, experiences, lifestyles, habits, circumstances even when we know that by holding on it can impact us negatively.
It's that looking back in the wrong way that is the problem. And the problem is that we can't move forward with God when we don't let go of the past. We can become like Lot's wife. Stuck in one place, hard and immobile, when it's God's desire for us to move forward and onward.
The challenge is there for us individually and corporately,as church. Are there things we are holding on to, things that we can't or don't want to let go of that are hindering us from being used by God as he wants to use us or being blessed by God as he wants to bless us.
Lot's wife missed out on her salvation. What are we missing out on? What can we do about it? What are we going to do about it.
God's desire for us is to have life in all its fullness. Until we say God I want to move forward then progress will be difficut
God has such good things planned for you and for us. Lets dream as to what they might be, and imagine what God can do with us and through us as we don't hold onto the past but look forward to the future.