Introduction: If you only make decisions based on what you can see in the natural, you’re limiting the potential of your future. Ruth could have turned around like Lot’s wife. She could have reached back and pulled out the sin, corruption, and disappointment that was her past. But in a moment she declared, “your God will be my God”, and stepped into His purpose despite her history.
- What tribe was Ruth from? What do you think motivated her to follow Naomi?
- What did Ruth say that changed everything for her? (Ruth 1:16)
- Have you ever questioned if Christ’s forgiveness could cover your mistakes?
- When Jesus says, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32), what do you think He is trying to tell us?
- Pastor says, “The purpose in front of you is there in spite of what’s behind you.” Can you think of anything in your past that you’re allowing to keep you from moving ahead?
- When you are tempted to “look back”, what can you do to keep your focus?
Conclusion: Looking back there may be regret and shame but looking forward there is redemption.
Connection Point: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17).