Distractions, obstacles, and lies will be present in your Christian walk. Some occur before, in an effort to prevent your conversion to Christ. Some will undoubtedly rise after your conversion as the enemy will stop at nothing to keep you from the cause of Christ. Truthfully, sometimes the enemy doesn’t have to work very hard. When we think of things we’ve done in the past or even now, we tend to throw our hands up and deem ourselves unlovable by God. That could not be farther from the truth.
On the way to pick up my girl from school a few days ago, I was belting out my usual solo performance in the car, this time, to the tune of Casting Crowns, ‘East to West’. As I was singing, terribly off key for the record, I started thinking about the message. You can look up the lyrics if you choose but it talks of the unrelenting forgiveness of Jesus. It’s been an ear worm for me since then and I can’t stop thinking about how Jesus continues to forgive and transform us when we allow it.
This morning I woke up with my ear worm still firmly planted and as I was singing to myself, I began to think about the Apostle Paul. Under his original name of Saul, he actively persecuted Jesus and even killed Christians. He was known and feared over his disdain for followers of Jesus. That is until Jesus stopped him dead in his tracks. Please read Acts 9:1-31. It is absolutely unbelievable. Talk about unrelenting forgiveness. Jesus took a murderer and turned him into one of the greatest heroes of the Bible! The Apostle Paul went on to win numerous souls for Christ.
I would be willing to bet that no one reading this has ever killed anyone…at least I hope not 😉 But you certainly have parts of your past that you’re not proud of; we all do. Do not let that keep you from running after Christ! 1 John 1:9 is a well known reminder of His forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It goes onto say in verse 10, “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” Literally everyone has sinned. Admitting our sin is key. We are human and there is no one perfect among us. But when we confess and genuinely repent of our sins, He is faithful to forgive and it’s as though it never happened. God doesn’t keep a record of our wrongs. Isaiah 43:25 says,
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” He covers them in the blood He shed for us on Calvary!
Remember that when you turn your life over to Jesus, you no longer belong to this world but to Him. I love the passage in Colossians 1:13-14 that says, “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” He pulls us out of the darkness of this world into His family, that we may live for Him and eventually with Him forever in Heaven.
Others may hold your past against you but Jesus won’t. Allow Him to transform you, just as He did Saul of Damascus. Press into Him and He will never fail you.
Until next time,