“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
- One of the greatest hindrances in our Christian walk is not letting go of our past failures and feelings as though we have already been defined as who we are. Your past may be your tendency, but it does not have to be your destiny. The legacy you leave behind is being built until the day that you leave this earth. Do not settle for your past. Glorify God with your remaining days and people will know the work He has done in your life. Learn from your past, do not be controlled by it. It is not where you were, it is where you are. It is not where you have been, it is where you are going. God is not interested in what we have hanging in our closet, He is interested in what we will wear today. You can never change your past failures, but you always choose your future commitment. As Christians we have been adopted (born again) into the family of God. We do not deserve this name, this mercy, or this grace but in His love for us, God provided a way through His Son for us to be in His family forever. Through His Holy Spirit we must forget what we did without Christ and focus on what God wants us to become. Jesus paid the price, and our future is secure if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. We have been made perfect in God’s eyes. Seeking God with all your heart leaves no room for focusing on your past. May we live in the victory of the cross and glorify our Father with all we have and with all our efforts. Never let the sin and shame from your past limit the peace and glory of your future. Repent, seek forgiveness for past sins, and move on. Remember past victories in Christ and seek more. A ship that is not moving cannot be steered.
- Will you live with a past reputation without Christ or build a new reputation with Him?
- Will you share how God has changed you on the inside and represent Him in the future?
- Will you stand for Jesus and represent Him, regardless of your past?
1 John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”