Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Repentance has been defined as turning 180 degrees and walking away from whatever is being repented from. Christianity is based on our faith in Jesus’ grace… but our conversion is demonstrated by our repentance, our turning away from went before. We have been redeemed from our sins, from who we used to be.
I find that sometimes Biblical Christians can get really wrapped up in our old sins, endlessly rehashing the evil that we’ve done. There’s a place for that, and a time. We do need to process our sins and understand why we fell, what weaknesses have been revealed and need bouying up. But after that? Well, get back in the fight! It’s like a solider who was dealt a nasty blow on the battlefield, first he repairs his armor, then he figures out what weaknesses in his fighting style allowed the blow to land, and then he gets back out there.
Sometimes we forget that last step, and we let fear control our actions – or lack thereof. We let guilt control us.
One of the reasons that Christians who have come to their conversions later in life, particularly those with “interesting” lives, are so joyous is that they viscerally understand the weight that’s been lifted off their shoulders. They no longer bear their guilt, they’re done with that! They can inhabit the new person that Jesus has made them into. Why do we, who were cradle Christians, forget that the same thing applies to us?
Is it because we have too many hypocritical pseudo siblings who don’t repent, who just wallow in sin and say that everything’s covered by grace so why worry? Do we concentrate on these things so that we don’t forget that we will reap what we have sown? Are we trying to make absolutely sure that we don’t try to wiggle out of responsibility for reparations as necessary?
I’m not sure. None of those things are bad, but what happens is we end up fiddling endlessly with the old stain on our conscience, completely ignoring today’s problems, today’s duties. We don’t take the lessons of past evil and figure out how not to repeat them, we lock ourselves in a closet and stare at them. I find, personally, that when I do that, I block whatever God wants to talk to me about my sin *today*. Oops.
And this should not be. There is a lot of work to be done, right here, right now. There is someone you should be witnessing to – right now. There is someone you should befriend – today. There are phone calls to be made, emails to be sent, life-stuff to *do*. Yes. I’ve failed when I’ve stood up for Christ, and of all the evil I’ve done, the evil I’ve done with my Christian t-shirt on grieves me most. But if I decide that because I’ve failed once, I can never get up, never get on with it, ever again – I fail forever. Once again, I hide my talent in the dirt. Investments are rarely straight lines up and up and up… or am I missing something? There is always an element of risk.
We *should* strive to be perfect, but in our striving, we cannot forget that we are not yet made new. Another thing to remember is that we are children of God, daughters of the King, and we don’t have to do this on our own. Strength and help are there for the asking. We’re supposed to be asking!
Each day, its own problem. I think that works for the past just as much as it does for the future. So take care of what’s on your plate *today*. Learn from yesterday, hope for tomorrow, get on with it today.