“He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
I have helped my kids to learn how to drive. I remind them at the early stages of learning how to drive that the car will go where you’re looking. So if you’re focused on the curb, the car will go toward the curb. In the same way, if you’re focused on the car next to you, the car will start getting even closer to the car next to you. I remind my kids to look where they want the car to go.
What’s true for cars is also true for life. Our life will go where you are focused on.
The devil thrives in the past. The devil loves to remind us of all our failures and stupidity. And when he does, it’s astonishing how quickly and accurately we remember our failures and stupidity.
All those other times of success, joy, and good fade away in our memory. But the moments of failure and stupidity, we remember vividly every detail of how we messed up, how we felt, how it impacted others.
The devil thrives in the past. The devil thrives in the past because the devil already knows that the future belongs to God. The devil already knows that God has won and that he is defeated.
God beckons us to remember our future. God beckons us to remember who he has made us to be in his Son, Jesus Christ.
C. S. Lewis wrote, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
He’s right. There is nothing we can do about our past failures and stupidity. However, what I can tell you with absolute certainty is that God didn’t save us for our past. God saved us for his glorious future. AND, our past, if you’ve repented and confessed your sin, is no longer remembered. The only one who keeps a record of our past failures and stupidity is the devil. The chain that bound us to our failures are broken in Christ.
God is at work in you. And, God will continue to work in you to bring you to completion. That’s God’s promise.
Focus on God’s promises. God has already won the victory. God is currently at work in you to complete the work he has started in you. Focus on God’s promises. And, when you do, your life will go where you’re focused on.