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TRANSFORMATION

TIM COUTTS

Philippians 3:13

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

We all make decisions in life that we regret. It’s part of being human. The problem is that each of those decisions can carry with it a great deal of baggage. The greater the regret the greater the baggage, and it’s not easy carrying around a bunch of baggage everywhere we go. It not only affects us but it affects all those around us as well. The crazy thing about all this baggage is that we don’t even like carrying it around. So the question is, why are we doing it? When a person commits their life to Christ it’s important to understand that, no matter what baggage we’ve accumulated over the years, Christ died and rose again to take that baggage away from us. He did this so we can live free.

The Apostle Paul writes that we are forgiven and that we need to move on with our lives, “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Christ died for all of our poor decisions as well as for all of the baggage that comes with them. This is good news because you don’t have to live in the past. Christ wants you to keep moving forward. You have a future and it’s a bright future. Live in the moments that Christ gives you; live in the freedom that God has already given to you through the person of Jesus Christ.

QUESTION 1. What baggage are you carrying around?
QUESTION 2. Have you given over your baggage to Christ? Are you living in freedom and in every moment God has given you? If not, what are you waiting for?
CHALLENGE: Don’t keep living in the past but look toward the future and live in every moment that God has given you.