Scripture - 1 Peter 2:10
I want you to be honest with yourself for a moment. Do you ever catch yourself dwelling on the life you lived before you were saved? Sadly, too many Christians think they are doing themselves and God a favor by constantly focusing on the things that we used to do. There is a reason why the past exists.
In our Scripture reading today, the apostle Peter reminds the early Christians that they used to be sinful. They used to live in darkness. But NOW, they are called to be..."the people of God...” God wants us to "focus on the now" and strive towards our future in Heaven. If He could throw our sins into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered against us again, why should we condemn ourselves over it?
Staying In The Now
In order to focus on what God is focusing on, we need to remember a few things...
1. God is God and we are not...
We are not to condemn ourselves over past mistakes. Only God has the right to judge and condemn, and if you are saved, you don't have to worry about condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
2. Immediately deal with sin...
Sinning is inevitable. All of us at some point or another during the day will do something against God's holy nature. When that happens we need to immediately deal with it. That means to ask God for forgiveness, repent, and move on. As Jesus said, "Go and sin no more."
3. Remind yourself daily of God's grace...
Set yourself a daily reminder that you are saved, that nothing can pluck you out of the Father's hand. Remember the past times that God has been faithful to meet your needs, and to forgive you for your sins. (1 John 1:9)
God doesn't want you to constantly focus on things in the past. He wants you to do His work. If we dwell on our past, we can't have an effective ministry.
Written by Patricia Price
Bio: Patricia is a beautician who loves playing the piano, organ, and guitar. She is also an assistant for the ladies Sunday school class at her church. More importantly, she is a child of God.