Give the Past to God
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit (v. 18).
Give the past to God.
Lay down the luggage of condemnation and kneel down in worship at the feet of Him who bore your sins.
▪ For years, I struggled with self-doubt, especially when it came to social interactions. I’d often find myself reliving conversations in my head for days, weeks, and even months. When I’d remember an instance of feeling particularly awkward, I’d cringe and utter the word stupid to myself under my breath. Just recently, I was convicted this wasn’t healthy, especially for a Christian being transformed into the image of God. Although I couldn’t remove the thoughts that would sporadically pop into my head, I decided to stop saying stupid and instead remember the word sanctification every time I was tempted to beat myself up. This little practice has been transformational and is drawing me closer to the Lord. By reflecting on God’s sanctifying work instead of my own failures, I’m looking at Christ in appreciation instead of focusing on myself in pride.
Sanctification is the continual process of God transforming a Christian into the image of Jesus over a lifetime. Thus, he should expect to look different today than he did yesterday. This is one of Paul’s points when he states that we are being transformed into the image of Jesus from glory to glory.
It’s easy to allow sins and weaknesses to steal center stage in one’s heart — either by reliving them with guilt or by trying to compensate for them with self-made confidence. But the gospel proclaims that our sins and weaknesses can be acknowledged and then left at Calvary. Because Jesus has carried them to the cross, we don’t need to relive our failures again and again.
▪ Read: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18.
▪ How do you typically relive past sins and failures?
▪ What would it look like for you to give your past to God and trust His work in you?
Pray: Ask God to help you be mindful of His transforming work in you.