Luke 17:31-33 "On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it."
What Jesus has to say isn't always easy to listen to. Our survival instincts want us to try to make our lives more secure at all times. Living into tension and uncertainty is very difficult. However, following Jesus means we have to trust him. Jesus calls us into a new future. Jesus calls us to live into the Kingdom of Heaven, a very different future than the past.
The Forward Day by Day reflection for today says this, "Maybe Lot's wife thinks she needs a minute to grieve, to take tally of the good old days. But Jesus asks us not to look back, to move ahead. Give your life into his hands. Entrust your future to Jesus - for there, and only there - can we live in true security and peace. Moving Forward: Looking back is a hard habit to break. How can you look forward instead? What good things are you willing to pray and look for in your future?"
In the church, we tend to think our good old days are in the past. Yet, we don't know what lies in the future. Perhaps the future will be more glorious than the past. Whatever the future holds, it will certainly be different than the past, or even the present day. This world is full of insecurity, strife, and destruction. The future which Jesus calls us into is one of faith, hope, and love.
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