If you know the story of Saul you know that Saul’s past was horrible and full of sin. Saul had dedicated his life to killing off Christianity and all thought of Jesus, his life, his teachings and most of all his death and ressurection. He wanted Jesus’ influence irradicated! What could God do with such a man living such a life? The answer turned out to be that he could do so very much.
In Acts 9:1-15 we read of the day that changed Sauls whole life, but if you remember it wasn’t that day that he became a saint – it wasn’t that day that he became Paul rather than Saul. First he had to let go of his past. He couldn’t hold onto his hatred and disbelief while still teaching and preaching God’s eternal love. That is an impossible thing to do with truth so if he taught while holding the past all he taught was a lie. However we know what he taught was true because Paul’s words and actions lined up with the teachings of Christ and that only happens when a true change of heart occurs and a change of name symbolized such a change of heart and spirit.
So if the vision Saul had on the road that day didn’t make him drop his past on the ground how did he end up letting go?
He did it just as we would today. If we are to move foreward and become who God planned we must drop our past, sin or otherwise at the foot of the cross. We must wake up everyday and give him not only our future, but our yesterdays. We need to forget as he has forgotten: fully and completely.
Yes it’s hard to let go of the good, the bad and the ugly that we’ve hidden in our hearts from the very beginning, but God wants ALL of us. If men create masterpeices out of mud what could God do with our flithy hearts?
The answer is – just like it was with Saul – he can do so very much.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which he prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”