Nostalgia will not get us into Heaven
Few things are more heartwarming than pleasant memories of home and loved ones. Nostalgia crystalizes the past until only joy remains.
During those idealized years we become a Christian like so many in our family before us (Acts 2:38; 22:16). They carry us on a wave of faithfulness.
As they die or move away, we become isolated and pull away from the Lord. The Lord’s Day becomes our day. Yet, the identity remains under glass.
Whether or not we’ve become a Christian is of immense importance. Yet, Christianity doesn’t exist in the past. It will be maintained or discarded.
We are to be transformed by God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2) and walk by the calling we have received from the Lord (Ephesians 4:1). The Apostle Paul had glory days. Yet, he refused to rest on his past (Philippians 3:12-13).
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, NKJV).
The imagery is of an athletic event where the runner presses on to the finish line instead of standing at the starting line reminiscing about past races. We must move on and be active each and every day.
Obedience to the will of God maintains our focus and faithfulness (John 14:15). Otherwise, we slip away from God (Hebrews 2:1) until we have gone too far (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31).
God requires a vibrant faith (Hebrews 116) in an active Word (Hebrews 4:12). Nostalgia does not exist in God’s plan for redemption. We are either presently walking in Christ or we are not.
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20).