I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.
It seems that everywhere look, I hear and read in some secular venue that your present and future is molded by your past. I hear therapists say that if you came from a troubled home life that those circumstances will decide the direction of your life. Society often tells us that if you were treated badly and unfairly as a child that those actions will dictate the conditions of your life today. We read that if you were a rebellious child, you will spend your life struggling with authority and rebellion. We are told if you were damaged in any way in your youth, that it will be with you the rest of your life as you will always deal with the memories.
Being born again in Christ comes with a clause. We have a written covenant, or contract if you will with Jesus Christ. In the blood soaked document of Redemption recorded in God’s word there is a clause that guarantees that we no longer have to carry the pains and sins of our past. With salvation we have attained freedom because Jesus Christ on Calvary overcame our past.
We read in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 that all the “old things”, i.e. old thoughts; old memories; old pains; old relationships; old tragedies; old struggles; old hurts have been done away with. They are GONE, washed way, dissolved, disappeared, wiped out and removed. WE are so TOTALLY forgiven that “all things” have become new. We have new thoughts; new dreams; a new life; new hope; a new future; a new life in Christ.
God goes a step further; when we are in Christ, and this part just blows me away, He totally forgets. When we come to Christ, regarding our past, God Himself develops a self-induced amnesia. Hallelujah. The Word of God tells me in
“I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.
Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
He remembers our sins no more. As much as He does it for us, He does it for Himself. He wipes out His own memory of our sins. WOW. He chooses to never ever remember our sins. As we follow God’s direction here we might never completely forget our past, but be reminded that as God has forgiven our past and wiped it from the memory banks of the Creator of the universe, that we lighten our own loads and not let our past control or motivate our future. For mine own sake – Not because we deserve it, or have any claim, or that it would not be right to punish us. He shows us…not even primarily to promote our happiness and salvation, but for His sake;
1. To show the benevolence of His character;
2. To promote His glory by our forgiveness and salvation
While the world strives to attempt to overcome their past, we as believers focus on what we are becoming in Christ. We as the children of the living God, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb have the assurance from God’s word that; every hurt will be healed, every sorrow will be healed, every wound will be healed, every injustice will be addressed, every pain will be comforted. As our past is removed from our memories, our future in Christ is revealed. Our future in Christ is so rich and full of promise that it far supersedes anything that might have occurred in our past.
We have been pardoned and should live to his glory, we should not live to please ourselves. We have been forgiven, and it should be the grand purpose of our lives so to live as to show forth the goodness, compassion, and love of that merciful God who has blotted out our sins.
A person will accomplish little who allows their mind to be distracted by a multiplicity of objects. A Christian will accomplish nothing who has not a single great aim and purpose of soul. That purpose should be to secure the prize, and to renounce everything that would be in the way to its attainment. Let us then so live that we may be able to say, that there is one great object which we always have in view, and that we mean to avoid everything which would interfere with that.
Forgetting those things which are behind, let us look forward to a wondrous future, secured by the blood of Jesus Christ in which the “old things” are gone and “all things” have become new.