Don’t Stop and Keep Moving
Whenever we hear the word "backslider," the first thing we think of is someone who completely abandons the faith and turns their back on God. And for certain, if a person who does that they would be classified as a backslider. But I’m sure there are people who are backslidden who probably aren’t even aware of it.
I don’t believe people just get up one morning and plan on backsliding. Like one preacher said, “You don't call up your Christian friend and say, Hey, want to backslide tonight? Pick you up at 7:00. What do you say?" That is not how it happens. Backsliding happens subtly, and often it happens gradually. In fact, it may be so subtle that you may not even know that it is taking place. The Bible warns about this and tells us that one of the signs of the end times is that people will fall away from the faith, true doctrine (see 1 Timothy 4:1).
God tells us that if we have backslidden, we should return to Him see Jeremiah 3:22. In our text Jesus told the church in Ephesus, "Remember therefore from where you have fallen" (Revelation 2:5).
Let me ask a couple of personal questions. First, which direction are you headed? Are you in a fallen state today? Are you in the process of backsliding? You are either going forward in Christ, or you are going backward. You are either progressing, or you are regressing. And the moment you put your walk with Christ into neutral, you will find yourself going in the wrong direction.
There’s a sign they post at the small airports at the end of a runway that reads, "Keep moving. If you stop, you are in danger and a danger to those flying." The same warning can be applied to the Christian life: Keep moving. If you stop, you are in danger and a danger to others.
King David decided to stop and take a day off and that began a downward spiral that plagued him and his household for years to come.
So, don't rest on your laurels. Don't live in the past. We need to be constantly growing as followers of Jesus. We need to keep moving forward. God Bless