“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1st John 3:2)
You have three choices as to where you want to live, who you were, who you are, or, and this one is two-fold, who you want to be or who you will become.
The second of these, who you are, cannot be modified in this moment, you are today as you are, and since you cannot live in the future, who you are right now in the minutes you are reading this short, poorly written letter is who you have become in part because of your past. With effort, determination, and I speak here to my brothers and sisters in Christ, with much prayer and supplication, in humility serving the Lord for His glory, your future, the life that you will live before your final breath here will, by the will of God make you more like the Lord Jesus Christ.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)
But I do not speak today of that glorious moment when you will be freed from the flesh and its desires, the day you stand before the Everlasting God and are glorified, but of who you were, and how much of that person still vexes you. Hindsight my friends is always perfect vision, but we are not to live our lives looking in the rearview mirror, there is a very good reason the front windshield of a vehicle is much larger than the rear one.
Applying this analogy proves this point, if you are spending more time looking behind you, you will crash, what is approaching is where our vision should be, not what has occurred in our past, and that is the point today, that is the subject matter, how much of the guilt of your past are you still holding onto here, today?
When the Lord made clothing of skins for Adam and Eve it was, in a loose analogy, His way of saying, “Here, I have forgiven you, let me help you hide your shame.” The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ covers the guilt, covers the shame of all those who have been crucified with Him, the problem lays in those who attempt to wipe it off and remain trapped by the guilt they feel of their past and live with and in that guilt today, hoping that in the future it will be removed.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1st Cor. 11:31)
Living today with the guilt of our past is one of the greatest hindrances to the effectual witness and life of the one who has been born-again, continuously looking in the rearview mirror is a guaranteed way to ensure you will crash into every obstacle that comes into your path. You have been forgiven, all your sins, past, present and future, you will not one day in the future be the righteousness of God in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are today that righteousness, and you have been since the day you got up from your knees at the cross, saw Him who walked out of that tomb, and began to follow Him.
The Lord does not remind you of your past, not the vile, unregenerate person before He chose you that you were, nor the sins you have committed since He called you to Himself, why would you?
Throw the guilt away, leave it behind you, look forward to who you will be, and begin living that life today.