“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
The sin in each of our lives is a virus that can only be cured by Jesus and once He cleanses us and redeems us, it’s our duty to help others walking through similar trials and circumstances. We were all damaged and broken at some point, but the moment we accepted Christ into our life, He restored us. The problem arises when we forget where God brought us from and the sacrifice Jesus made in order for us to experience restoration and wholeness.
The least we can do is tell others the amazing things God has done in our life.
I understand this can be scary and people are worried about being politically correct, but for most of us, including myself, we are often embarrassed of the things in our past so we put them on the shelf or in the closet never to be spoken of again. The problem with doing this is we also hide Jesus when we do these things; instead, we should make strides to be transparent while telling others it was the mercy, grace, and love of Christ that got you through the mistakes in your past.
I am so thankful for where the Lord has brought me. It was Him who reached down into the pit of sin I had made for myself, it was Him who opened His arms and embraced me with love even though I turned my back on Him time after time, and it was Him who set my feet upon the rock and put a new song in my mouth full of thanksgiving and praise.
God chooses not to remember our sin when we confess them to Him and I am so thankful for that, but sometimes I think people need a reminder and reality check of what God has done in their life so we stay humble and keep God’s will the number one priority in our life.
Anything we place before God is an idol and as a people, if we are anything it’s busy. We have filled every second of our days with something and whatever is left over is generally what God gets. This is dangerous territory because where our time, talents, and treasures are, so also will be our heart.
The great thing about the Lord is His power is made perfect in our weakness and for me there is no greater feeling than knowing I am living according to His will. When we do, whatever challenge or trial that may arise, He has already equipped us with whatever we need to walk through them.
The key is looking to God daily to fill us up because without Him, we are nothing, but with Him, we can change the world by pointing others to Christ and by staking ourselves next to them as they walk through their own trials.
Becoming a Christian is just step one; step two is living our lives modeled after Jesus.
The fuller we are of Christ, the more His love and light will shine through us into the lives of those around us. They will want what we have, but this only happens if we stay connected to the vine, the One whose living water will never let us thirst again. Ask and you will find Him, knock and the door will be opened unto you. Set aside time for God and it will be the best investment you will ever make. Our time here is so precious and when my time is done, I want to hear the Father say, “Well done good and faithful servant in whom I am well pleased.”