Scripture is full of examples of people whose lives were completely transformed by knowing the Lord. Our God is a god of transformation so our past doesn’t have to determine our future.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!
We don’t know a lot about Moses’ life after being retrieved from the river by pharaoh’s daughter. However, we know at some point he knew he was not an Egyptian and identified himself with the Hebrew slaves. After seeing one of the slaves being mistreated, Moses took matters into his own hands.
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Despite killing a man, God chose Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. If God can use a murderer to fulfill His purposes, He can use anyone. There is nothing you have done, are doing or will do in the future that will disqualify you from serving the Lord. We think God can’t use us because of things we have done or not done, but it just isn’t true. Regardless of what you have done or what things have been done to you, God has a plan for your life and wants to use you to serve Him.
Saul, whose name was changed to Paul, was a persecutor of followers of Christ, yet the Lord chose him to write more books of the New Testament than anyone else – even the disciples. Paul spent a good portion of his life not following Christ. It was not too late for Paul to follow the Lord and it isn’t too late for you to follow Him either.
The one thing Moses and Paul have in common is they had an encounter with the Lord and their lives were forever changed. For Moses, it was the Lord speaking to him through a burning bush and for Paul it was being blinded by a bright light on the road to Damascus. You probably won’t have a burning bush or blinded by the light experience, but you too, can have your life transformed by coming to know the Lord.
I didn’t know the Lord for 29 years and since I came to know and love Him, my life has never been the same. The enemy wants us to be focused on things that have happened to us in the past or things we have done in order for us to feel condemned. Satan wants nothing more than for us to believe our past will prevent us from being used by the Lord in the present and the future. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
God wants to be in a relationship with each of us and wants to use us to serve Him. Our service to Him is all about Him and not about us. It is about His redeeming love, forgiveness, grace and power and not about our past sins or traumas.
What do you need to let go of today and allow the Lord to heal in your heart so He can use you for His service? What sins do you need to turn away from and seek His forgiveness? Spend some time with the Lord and ask Him how He wants to use you to serve Him and then be obedient to His call. Remember your past doesn’t have to determine your future!