As we come to Jesus and begin to understand who we are in Him, a major task before us is to examine our past, see it through Godly lenses, and put it behind us so we can excitedly and productively start marching forward. Paul makes it clear when he said in Phil 3:13, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,…….. “ He knows he is not perfect. But he determines to forget what used to motivate him—his past achievements. He reaches forward to become all Jesus wants him to be. He is moving in the right direction, toward Jesus, and he is intentional about not turning back.
That’s where we need to be, too, taking one step at a time on our journey in life, living out and accomplishing His purpose for us. In the aforementioned verse, Paul talks about forgetting. But what does he really mean? He is not talking about having amnesia.
Your Past is Passed (Is it really?)
Now, listen closely, because this is a very important point. It seems clear and silly when I say it. But it is a powerful point to me and hopefully to you, too. It’s one with many ramifications that clarify journeying for the prize. Here it comes: When you accepted Christ as your personal savior, you didn’t get a brain transplant. Think about it! If we had been totally transformed at the point of salvation, we would never have sinned again. How sad that as believers, we do still sin.
We must do something so that the Holy Spirit can complete His job—perfecting us. Well, there is something very specific. It all comes down to decision-making. Decision-making, or exercising our God-given gift of free will, is OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
We are to be good stewards of our decision-making opportunities. In order to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us, one thing we need to do is examine how the past adversely influences our everyday decision-making. That’s right, most of our decisions or choices we make are made out of habits that we have formed throughout our lives.
We all have limiting beliefs that need to be jettisoned from our lives. We need to forget the old way of thinking embedded in our sub-conscious and be transformed. Yes, transformed by the renewing of our minds.
In other words, how can we believe that “all things are possible to him who believes,” if we have limiting beliefs that say, “ I can never do that,” or “I don’t have time”. Or how about these, “I would love to help, but I do not have any skills”, “I don’t think anyone would notice, why should I bother,” I am too old,” I am too young,” etc. The list can go on.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of this transformational thought about OUR RESPONSIBILITY. Make today the beginning of a new era in your life. Forge ahead and soar like a butterfly who was transformed from a lethargic caterpillar, “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”