In my last Special Forces Christian Series post, “God’s Will for You,” we looked at discovering God’s will for our lives so we might serve the Lord with our gifts. Today, we’ll look at how the Lord wants to use us, in spite of “all that baggage.”
One of the greatest obstacles for a believer to become what God wants him to become is the baggage of the past. Is it possible to be a “Special Forces Christian” with all that baggage?
I. Where is Your Baggage?
I used to feel that few people had more baggage than I did. In my youth, I broke the law and hurt many people, choosing selfishness at the expense of others.
When I became a Christian, I came to realize from what Christ had truly saved me—my baggage and sin in all its many ugly forms.
So if Jesus saved me from my baggage, why was it still holding me back? Plain and simple answer? I was still the problem. I had given the baggage to Christ my Savior, but I had held onto a kite-string connected to my baggage. Part of that “string” included listening to the world telling me I was still a baggage-man.
II. Walk Away From Your Baggage
Giving your baggage to Christ is an instantaneous decision and transfer, but dealing with the past isn’t as quick. Perhaps compensation must be paid, perhaps apologies must be humbly expressed.
Once our baggage is dealt with, we must trust God’s promise to free us from its guilt. With our consciences finally clear, we become new men and women. Regardless of continual reminders from the baggage-claim attendants around us, we’ve clipped those kite-strings. Our baggage no longer hinders us from being a Special Forces Christian.
III. The Reputation You Have
Many believers are bogged down by guilt or a wicked reputation. It’s true that sin and addictions must be addressed before entering the mission field (Ps.66:18) under God’s guidance. But once that sin is dealt with, the path is clear for marching orders.
A wicked reputation from those years of sin is just another form of baggage. Perhaps a change of location is needed, but more than anything, a change of lifestyle reflective of Christ, is the key.
What’s holding you back? We’ll struggle and fall into sin as we run this race, but we must get back up, repent, and keep running. The baggage is gone. Our mission is before us.
“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord;’ and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.” Psalm 32:5 (NASV)
See you on the field!
COMING UP: Next time, David shares from his Author Reflections in, “Handling Tragedy: Lessons from China.”