Monday September 17, 2018
1 Peter 4:3-4
3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you.
If you weren’t a believer your whole life, this can probably apply to you. If not, it can probably apply to a friend. We all have a past. The older I get, the more I come to realize this. When I get with my old friends; the friends I used to drink with and get wild with, the old me wants to surface.
This is normal. We often revert back to our old comfortable ways. I see this with siblings, high school friends, college friends, and the like. We go back to who we were when we knew these people. God asks us to steer clear of this habit.
“If a man looks at the world when he is 50 the same way he looked at it when he was 20 and it hasn’t changed, then he has wasted 30 years of his life.” -Muhammad Ali
I believe this is true. If we don’t change or grow, we are wasting precious years of our life. Enough is enough. We are called to grow. We are called the learn. We are called to change. We must put away our old selves in order to achieve this new life we long for. In doing so, others will be motivated and inspired to change as well. At first they will be surprised at our change, but through love and consistency they will see it is for real.
Jesus is pleased when we say enough with my old life. It is holding me back. I still do the silly things I did when I was in high school and college. It’s time for me to say enough is enough. It’s time to start saying, Jesus is enough. He will always be enough.
What is holding me back from my past?
Am I wasting years by keeping old toxic habits?
Dear Lord, thank you for giving us new life. Give us the boldness to say enough with my old sinful past. Help us to walk into a new life with You. Amen
Have a great week!