Do you ever feel that you could never be of any use to God or society because of a past that is wrought with guilt and shame over choices that have left you and others damaged and hurt? Do you question whether your past can ever be redeemed for good and God’s glory? Do you think you are too broken or too old for God to make something new and beautiful of your life? Well, I have great news for you. Though Satan and society will tell you that you are no good for anything anymore, and have written you off as useless and worthless, God says otherwise. In God’s “society” of love and grace and mercy and forgiveness, we are never written off — never!
No matter what we have done and the past that haunts us (or what has been done to us), God can and does redeem our past for His good and His glory. God redeems every moment — whatever it is — of our past, present, and future and uses all of it for His glory. How can we be certain of this?
Scripture tells us that the suffering — the pain and hurt and trials — we experience in life is nothing compared to the glory God will reveal to us later. And that these present sufferings are “light” and “temporary” in comparison to the glory that outweighs them and will last forever (Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:16-18). Scripture tells us that by the riches of God’s grace, which He has “lavished upon us,” we have redemption through Christ’s blood, the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 1:7-8). Scripture tells us that God removes our sin “as far as the east is from the west” and promises that He will never hold our sins against us (Ps. 103:10-12). Scripture tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. And that through Christ’s death we are now reconciled to God, and now stand holy and blameless before Him without fault (Rom. 5:6-11; Col. 1:13-22).
We also have the assurance and promise from God’s Word that He takes who we were in the past and makes us a new creation in Christ — a new creation that will be used for His glory. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 tells us:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Because of what God has done for us in Christ, we are no longer held captive by our old self and the sin that kept us in bondage. Through Christ, God has reconciled us to Himself and made us a new creation. And, remarkably, He has entrusted to us this message of reconciliation, giving us the great task and privilege of reconciling people to Him. Through our testimony of transformation from sin and shame and brokenness to a new and redeemed life, God has given us a ministry of telling others about Him; a message and ministry that results in glory to Him.
When we are tempted to dwell on the past and walk down the path of shame and regret, we must remember that God purchased our redemption through the blood of His Son, and therefore our past no longer defines us. Our old self “has passed away” and “the new has come.” So instead of dwelling on the past we focus on the new person we are in Christ, defined by God’s love and grace and mercy.
We all have a past, and for many of us it does not bear pleasant memories. And for many of us our daily struggles with “sinful passions” and the “lusts of the flesh” lead us to question how God could ever make something good out of the mess we have created of our lives. We have written ourselves off as “good for nothing” and useless. We have allowed our past and our sin to define us instead of recognizing that God’s immeasurable grace and mercy and love covers all our sin, and are therefore never written off by Him.
Just as God spoke to Israel, He speaks to us: “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”…we are never written off.
Just as Jesus spoke to His disciples, He speaks to us: “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven”…we are never written off.
Just as Jesus promises that those who believe in Him for salvation, their names He will never blot out of the book of life, so the promise is sure and steadfast that our names “are written in the Lamb’s book of life”…we are never written off.
No matter what you feel or think or believe about yourself, you are never written off by God. No matter what others may say about you or the lies Satan tells you, you are never written off by God. No matter what…you are never written off by God — never!
In God’s divine love,