Philemon 1:10 (NKJV) I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, 11 who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.12 I am sending him back.[e] You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, 13 whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.
A new life in the Lord doesn’t excuse past obligations or erase the ongoing consequences of past sins. When the apostle Paul was in prison he led a runaway slave named Onesimus to Christ. But then Paul sent him back to his master-even though Onesimus faced a possible death penalty for his offense! Paul sent a letter back with the runaway slave saying that if Onesimus had caused any harm or stolen anything that Paul would pay for it. Paul recognized that even though Onesimus was now on the Lord’s side, and forgiven of his sins, he needed to address the wrongs he’s committed in the past. Does your past hold you hostage today?
Likewise, before you can move ahead, you must face the unfinished business of your past. This may include facing up to some shameful behavior, crooked schemes, or quick-fix solutions to difficult problems that just didn’t work. While you can be certain that God will meet you where you are, the Lord calls you to take responsibility for whatever sins may have brought you to whatever circumstances you are presently facing. Once you accept ownership of your past, God will help you move forward. But our God will do it His way, not yours.” Have a fantastic day!
Quote John Maxwell “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up”.
In His Amazing love,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.