As we go through life, stuff gets on us. How are we supposed to turn the page when the first few chapters are so compelling in their depravity? The hangover lasts longer than the party in many cases. So well into adulthood we have flashbacks of mistakes that were either situational or seasonal. In either case, the regret can overcome our perceptions as we consider our current position.
After all, how can we be impactful in our faith walk when we know where we have been? Maybe we have been there not too long ago. Maybe we still flirt with “there.”
When we choose to take the bait and allow our memory to overcome our identity, the lies flood our perceptions and impact our choices. The flashbacks to mistakes clouds our lens to distort grace. Our shame cheapens the work of the Blood of Jesus in our lives. It lulls us to sleep from our state of new birth.
1 Corinthians 15:34: “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”
When we take the bait and focus on the past instead of the reality of our present and future, we need to wake up. We can’t change yesterday, but He can and will change the impact of yesterday’s errors to redeem those things which we give over to Him. He is thorough in His acceptance of our junk in exchange for His glory.
Through His Blood, we are righteous . . . period. Righteous because He says so and He says so in such a way that speaks directly to our shame. He doesn’t want us to walk around kicking dirt over the junk in our trunk, He wants us awake to the work which He has already done resulting in our righteousness in order to get to the destiny He intends for us. Once we know Him, the contrast with who we are is glaring compared to who we were. We just have to agree.