August 26, 2015

Messy Lives

Philippians 3:7-16
If worry about the future obstructs us from being rooted in Christ, then we must also be mindful we don’t allow our past to hinder our present growth in Christ. This includes both our successes and our failures. On one hand, we need to trust that God is bigger than the messes of our past. There is nothing in our past so messy that God cannot redeem us. On the other hand, we must not let our identity be only defined by our past accomplishments. We will never stop growing in our relationship with Christ. Paul reminds us of this in 2 Corinthians. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV). God can use all of our circumstances, good and bad, to mold us into his image.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV).