Being fully engaged in the present creates momentum in your life.
This month’s series was inspired by the large number of people I talk to who allow their past or future to keep them from finding real momentum in their life. Sometimes they are so trapped that it seems like they are actually poisoning their present. They allow things that have happened in their past to haunt them and keep them from really reaching their full potential, or they allow their fear of the future to keep them locked in a cage they create for themselves and never live up to the potential God has for them. This is not the life God has for you!
God wants to leverage your past and guide you into the future but in order to do this, He needs you to be fully engaged in the now. Sometimes we believe that our past is worse than everyone else’s, that the severity of our hurt justifies the stronghold our past has on us. Paul in the Bible is someone like this. Before God radically changed his life, Paul’s job was to kill Christians. And you thought your past was bad! But despite this horrible past, Paul turned out to be the most influential Jesus follower in all of history. In 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Paul sums up his life.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.” – 1 Timothy 1:12-27
Wow! What an incredible perspective! You too can experience this kind of living in the moment. Here are some ways you can keep the past or future from poisoning your present.
– Be thankful for what Jesus has done for you.
– Be a trustworthy servant.
– Be able to accept God’s mercy, grace and generosity.
– Be a prime example of how much God loves His creation.
– Believe Jesus is who He says He is with all that you are.
No one can do these for you. You have to make the choice to live in the momentum God wants you to have in your life. And once you make that choice, hang on for the ride!