Do you throw away perfectly good grace?
Mistakes. Failures. Foibles. Regrets. You have them all. Probably more than you’d care to count or admit to. I’m pretty sure neither of us have ever chased down the faithful on a mission to seek and destroy, but we have chased things we shouldn’t have on a mission to destroy ourselves.
Nope. We’re no angels. In fact, we’re very much like Paul.
Those who’d like to judge Paul, and us, for who he was are looking only at the past and forgetting who ordains the future. It is God who took Paul from that road to Damascus and made him an apostle. God chose him and did a work in him. God is the one who deserves the credit and the “blame”. Not the blame for Paul’s sins, of course, but for his place of authority. For who he has become.
Is someone’s judgement making it difficult for you to step into your future?
Is that someone you?
Do you do this to yourself? We become so lost in the maze of our past that we discount any hope of a different future. We forget that it is God who has lifted us out of that maze, set us on level ground, and prepared works for us to walk in. It is an insult to the One who saves to keep looking at the muck from which we’ve been rescued, as if His grace was indeed in vain.
It’s time to get our minds out of our pasts and on to the work we were made for.