Past vs. Future
You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.
- Leviticus 18:3
PAST: You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live
Before we have totally dedicated ourselves to God, sin has always been a part of our lifestyle in the past. It may be dominant or quiescent or we just never really recognized it until God corrected us in the present.
Thing about following Christ is to really leave the past behind and to learn from it. In our journey of knowing and experiencing God’s grace in our everyday lives, we grasp that we’re also in a process of learning from our times of yore and leaving it behind. Thus, it must be clear that whatever is in the past must not be a part of our future.
Otherwise, the past destroys our future.
FUTURE: you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.
God will definitely put me in such a place that I have been preparing for years. In the present, God puts us in a training ground to put in order to us for our future, which He has flawlessly planned already. Thing is, the promise land isn’t always the end of every journey. Even if God did gives us what our heart desires, it doesn’t mean that the battle stops there. Sometimes, endings are the start of new beginnings. Thus, however authentic we are to God in the present, such authenticity must level up to that future.
In the present, God is preparing us for enormity. And when we reach that greatness, we must then be able to face it as if it’s a new battle field. Nevertheless, we must always keep in heart that the Lord has given it to us and that He’ll never leave our side.