Too many times we keep our robes of shame and refuse to give them up for the robes of Grace that God offers us: We let our past define us. But Jesus did not come for the righteous, but for those who are sick and broken. (Matt.. 9:12-13 NLT) He came for those of us who are too tired to go on under our own strength. For those of us who are hurting and wounded. Jesus came to tell us our past does not define us.
Jesus was brought a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. His simple answer to her was, “neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” ( John 8:11 NLT) It didn’t matter what she had done. The only thing that mattered is how she defined herself from that moment on; that someone stood against the crowd and said she was worth more than her past mistakes.
It’s not that we don’t try to let go of our past, it is just that like a dry-cleaning ticket we go and pick the shame of our past up again and wear it. What we need to do is pick up the robe of Grace and of royalty and wear it. We need to stop letting our past mistakes define us.
When I was letting go of what defined me, it scared me, because without that definition, I didn’t know who I was at all. And no definition seemed worse that a bad definition. You have to find a new thing to be defined by. Let me encourage you to let the following thing define you: God loves you radically. That is all you need to know, and all that you need to define you. He has plans for you, (Jer. 29:11) and it is not too late to accept those plans and jump into the game!
What things are defining you right now. What do you wish defined you?
For all those who are broken, watch this video by Wes King: