DayBreaks for 04/23/13 – Sanctifying the Secular, #2
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#2: Confine Your Interests to the Present Moment
“Which of you by worrying about tomorrow…sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matt. 6:27, 34)
From Calvin Miller, The Unchained Soul:
“Implicit in the idea of peace is an ability to make peace with the world as it is. Again the paradox arises. Aren’t Christians out to change their world? Doesn’t the world need changing? Isn’t God’s agenda for the individual or the world an agenda of change? Yes, yes, yes! But when we become so focused on changing the world that our joy is swallowed up in neurosis…when we focus on how things ought to be, the oughtness can be so consuming it steals our peace…We are uncomfortable with the moment. We live well for how things ought to be but not so well with how things are.
“One psychological game that destroys our peace is called: What shall we ever do? Our unhealthy preoccupation with this question is destructive. But there is a second question that can prompt an equally desperate game: Why did I ever do what I did? This game is a game of unrelinquished guilt…Christians are not to work at forgiving their past…we are merely to walk away from it. We must abandon that past which dogs us with an incriminating sense of failure. It is futile to try and dredge up what God has dealt with, once and for all, at Calvary. It is not merely futile, it is sin. When we are saved, our sins are covered in the deepest part of the sea (Micah 7:19), and God posts a sign that says, ‘No fishing!’ We must forget our past for two reasons:
“First, God has forgiven our past, and we must not hold to what God has forgiven. Making peace with our past is a simple matter of abandoning what God has already healed. Opening old wounds, even with the scalpel of Christian psychology, may question the value of Jesus’ scars.
“A second reason: We simply cannot change the past. The writer of the Rubiyat wrote:
“The Moving Finger writes, and having writ, moves on. Nor all thy Piety or Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
“The past is prone to roar against our present peace. But since we cannot change it, we must dismiss it. We are to abandon it, leaving its roaring behind us.
“Only as we meet and walk with Christ in the present moment can we triumph over the secular and threatening past. This is true of the future, too. What we cannot change is best left to our forgetting. What we have not met we must not seek ahead of time.”
Are you living for the moment – leaving the past abandoned and empty, refusing it to have power over you since Jesus has set you free? Are you so preoccupied for the future that you aren’t meeting the opportunities and demands of today? Both are wrong. We can only work to sanctify the secular world around us by being alert TODAY to every moment and opportunity as they arise.
Carpe diem…in Christ!
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