April 21 – Following and Moving on

Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

It’s always been an unwritten rule; one of those things that you just live by and don’t question. When you come home from the grocery store it is custom that guys must challenge themselves to carry as many groceries in at one time as humanly possible. We have busy lives and don’t need to spend more time carrying in the groceries than we absolutely need to. So, maybe because we’re prideful and stubborn, we wrap those plastic bags around our fingers and keep stacking away until the trunk is empty. Sometimes we carry so much in at one time that we can skip going to the gym for the next few days. From the car to the kitchen floor, we are fast walking, arms shaking, and an expression on our face that reflects the inner battle we are facing asking ourselves “was this really worth it”.

You know, life is a lot like that. We all have baggage. There are times when it seems that we are struggling to get through life with all this extra weight. When a new opportunity presents itself, we look upon all the baggage we are carrying and doubt that we can ever be free from it.

For a while, we have been talking about what it really looks like to follow God. Are you following hard after Him or are you expecting Him to cater to your desires? Following Christ means a lot of things but in order to follow Him the best that you can, it involves moving on from the past.

In this passage of 2 Corinthians, Paul said that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come”. We are no longer influenced by our past. If God doesn’t hold it against us, why are we holding it against ourselves? When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He paid for the sins that we would EVER commit and because of that, we are a brand new creation!

If we spend all our time looking at our baggage and telling ourselves the reasons why we will never be anything because of it, we are never going to accomplish all that God set before us. Someone once said, “If the past calls, hang up. It doesn’t have anything new to tell you”. Don’t concern yourself with your past. Live in the forgiveness of Christ and strive to follow Him the best that you know how!


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