Our past had influenced our current positions.
Reference: ““Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.” John 1:46 NIV
Explore: I can remember sitting around a table, in my early years of church ministry, talking with a number of church leaders. We were reflecting on our upbringings and how our past had influenced our current positions.
I marvelled that I was even sitting at the table. I had grown up in a small country town, there were no church-going Christians in my year level at school and there were only 40 people in our whole church – most of which were my relatives!
But I wasn’t alone in growing up in a less than encouraging faith situation. A number of people had attended dysfunctional churches and a couple had even grown up in non-believing families.
It was amazing how God had opened doors that had lead to faith with people from all walks of life.
Application: Our past can certainly influence our present but it should never limit our capacity. Jesus was a great example of that.
When He started His ministry people questioned whether He really could be the Messiah because He came from Nazareth. But Jesus never let that hold Him back, in fact it is a matter of encouragement to many of us still today.
No matter where you are born, what your upbringing or who you have been in the past, God can use you in mighty ways. Don’t limit yourself based on where you have been.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be the best that we can be today, no matter where we were yesterday. Amen.
What part of your past do you need to stop influencing your future?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.