I am sharing through my blog this article which also appears in our April Newsletter.
A new automobile advertisement on television makes a point about innovation. It says, if you are not moving forward you’re moving backwards. After hearing the ad a few times my mind has made the connection to the life of the church.
I’ve known lots of churches that determined they didn’t want to grow or really improve their ministries. They believed they would be just fine holding their own. Many times they get stuck in a particular decade and lose the ability to be relevant to the times in which they really live. However, it never works because the advertisement is true… whenever you stop moving forward you are immediately beginning to move backwards and you get left behind. Nothing will stand still; everything will just move past you and leave you wondering what happened.
The Apostle Paul puts it best in Philippians 3:12-14 (it’s worth reading). He says that he never stops working toward the time when he will actually be all Christ wants him to be. He never believed in just settling. He never felt he had the personal right to determine how far and no further. Christ was always out in front with Paul pressing to stay up with Him. Paul says, that he focused all his energy on one thing and it is not looking back fondly on the past that was. No, all his energy is poured into looking forward to what lies ahead. He is always straining to reach the prize.