Hiding Our Past
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Timothy 1-4
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Prior to his conversion, Paul was known as a persecutor of Christians. He viewed Christians as a threat to the Jewish people, and made it his mission to punish them. When the resurrected Jesus confronted him, all of this changed, and he became one of the greatest apostles of all time. Given Paul’s checkered past, it might seem natural that he would want to hide what he had done, but Paul never denied who he once was. He spoke about his past to bring to light the miraculous changes that Christ had made in his life.
Most people do not want to talk about their low points in life. First, it can be pretty embarrassing to admit some of the things we have done in the past. Secondly, many people are afraid that if they talk about their past sins they might lose credibility in the present. Both of these arguments against talking about our pasts focus on the wrong thing – they focus on us instead of focusing on Christ. When we talk about our past, while we may face a bit of personal embarrassment, the more important thing is that we glorify Christ by demonstrating His great love and mercy. As Paul says in today’s key passage, Christ’s mercy on us as sinners shows, “his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” (1:16)
When I share my personal testimony, I am not afraid to talk about the low points. I am not afraid to talk about how I cursed God after my divorce from my first wife and how I thought He had left me. I am not afraid to discuss how I abandoned the idea of church and thought it was unnecessary. I am not even afraid to talk about how I felt justified in robbing God by not tithing. Am I proud of these things in my past? Absolutely not. Do I wish I could go back and change them? Of course. The fact is that no matter how broken I was in my past, God was still seeking me out. He was still looking for me daily and waiting for me to come home. When I finally woke up and “got it”, He did not condemn me for all of my indiscretions. He welcomed me with open arms, just as the father welcomed the prodigal son.
Do not be afraid to talk about your past, even when you are not proud of it. One of the best ways to demonstrate God’s love and mercy is through sharing our personal testimonies. A good friend of mine once said, “I have changed and am better than who I was. I do not care if you judge me by the worst I ever was because the Lord judges me on who I am now and forgave me of my past transgressions.” I could not have said it better myself…
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