Changing Tenses

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)

Why do we as human beings resist change so much?  We get comfortable.  We get used to the status quo.  We get cozy in our rut.

Change is inevitable.  It is an integral part of life.  You see, God created life to be active – ever changing, ever growing.  He Himself never changes (which is a good thing since He is perfect and He is, after all, God).  

Change is good.  Even painful changes are good changes because every change, at a bare minimum, offers the opportunity to grow, to mature, to learn, to reach out and help others on their journey of life.

The greatest changes are the ones that draw us closer to the Lord.  We are imperfect.  We are sinful.  We are human.

But, take a look at the passage above from 1 Corinthians.  Verses 9 and 10 stand as a warning.  But notice verse 11.  The tense changes.  No longer are we defined by what we did or who we were.  That junk is in the past.

Gone.

Done.

Dealt with.

Buried.

Forgiven. 

Cleansed.

Changed.

You are changed.

The minute you said with your heart, “Yes Jesus.  I will follow you.  Please forgive my sins and change me”, your sins were forgiven – your record expunged – and God began the process of changing you.

So today, if you find yourself struggling with your past or some sin or anything at all, embrace the Lord.  Seek Him first.  Follow His will and His Word.  Embrace the changes the Lord places before you, knowing He is with you, growing you, loving you.

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