Several years ago a popular motion picture titled, Back to Bountiful, became one of the most viewed productions of Hollywood due to the theme denying the time worn adage, “You can’t ever go back home.” Most people who have left home for a period of time, two or three or fifty years, face a sometimes terrifying experience of being unable to reestablish roots. The landscape has changed, as have the residents. The residents for the most part are oblivious to the change because it has come upon them gradually.
And the truth about you is that you, too, have changed. Therefore while you may go back to the geographic location, you can never really go back to what used to be the norm.
This is true not only about place, but also often painfully true in relationships. Even what we call revival is really a new beginning, featuring a new relationship with the Lord. A relationship that involves a changed (new) attitude shaped by good or bad experience with a new understanding of forgiveness toward and from others; and certainly a deeper understanding of the boundless love of Christ toward you.
Commenting on this Oswald Sanders wrote,
“Beware of going back to something you once were when God wants you to be something you have never been.” Oswald Sanders.
Often we get so caught up on reestablishing the past that we miss the wonder of Jesus Christ making all things “new.”
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