This truck has a past. It has a story. There’s a certain charm that attracts us. We can see how trials and circumstances in this world have made it what it is today. Someone decided not to discard it, but appreciated it and displays it proudly. Our story would be incomplete without our past, even our failures, wounds, disappointments and losses. Sometimes we may not like something in our past, but if we want freedom from it we need to realize God can use all of it for His glory. We need to accept it as part of our story, so that we can move forward. Satan wants to keep us going backward, but Jesus wants to lead us forward. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well to go get her husband. He needed her to bring her past to Him, so she could move to the future in freedom. God is about moving us forward, but He wants to show us what was. We need to see what Christ did on the cross for us. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB
We need to place our pasts at the cross. Everything I have done is on the cross. Jesus has done a finished work for those He loves and now sits on His throne and wants to give us a glorious future. Jesus is our Redeemer. He is working through every circumstance for our good-for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 We have an opportunity to move forward, to live by faith and to bring Him glory. All of our scars, all of our wrinkles, all of our trials and blessings make us beautiful because of what Jesus has done and is still doing. Because of what He has done, because of His grace in our lives, He can use us to share His love to the world around us, when we trust and follow Him.
“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
“Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
KP October 2018