Many times people say things like, “We need to get back to the basics,” or, “I wish we could go back to the good old days.” or, “we need to get back to Jesus, or the early church.”
I understand the sentiment, but, I wonder. Can you ever go back? Is that the direction God calls us to move?
This sketch looks at the Trinity and time. God the Creator promised life and continually expanded that promise throughout the story of the Old Testament. That promise became enfleshed when the second person of the Trinity became the man, Jesus, who fulfilled God’s promise with the demonstration of absolute love through his death on the Cross. This practice of love showed us the way of God in practice through selfless love for the other.
Those events are in the past. The past only exists in our memories. It is not a place to which we can go. The promise of God is a call to a preferred future. The future is infinite possibility, ripe with promise and despair.
The present is the only reality that is eternally sustained by the Spirit of God.
I know that’s pretty esoteric stuff, but here’s the practical application.
Where is your focus? If you spend your energy trying to “get back” to a memory, then you are going nowhere. If you set your eyes on the promise of God, made possible through the practice of Jesus, and empowered by the forward-pulling of the Holy Spirit, then your next possibility will become a reality that is in sync with God’s promise and resonates with the ways of God for peace in the world. If our vision is anywhere else then the next possibility will be a reality that is discordant with God’s promise and will be a destructive force that leads to bad memories and distorted vision that thwarts hope.
May we walk in the power of God’s promise today.