Philippians 3:13-14 says, “Forgetting what is behind and staining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ.”
Have you ever stop to think why Jesus was so effective? Why is he considered the greatest leader to ever live? Jesus wasn’t focused on what people were like. He focused on what they could be! Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. Thank you Lord for not giving up on me or pushing me aside when I have messed up in the past. Thank you for seeing the good in me, even when I didn’t see it myself.
We can not continue to live our life looking in the rearview mirror. I love the story of the women at the well in John four. She was a lady with a shady past and yes, she was a Samaritan women. Why in the world did Jesus stop and talk to her? He knew all about her! We can see that in John 4:16-18, “Jesus told her, Go call your husband and come back. I have no husband, she replied. Jesus said to her, you are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you had had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.” Jesus saw past her mistakes. He saw past her failures and all her shortcomings. He saw the good in her, and he took time to invest in her life. The women at the well ended up sharing with everybody she knew about the love of Christ! Jesus gave her hope of a better future.
Fresh vision leads to encouragement. Encouragement leads to hope. Hope leads to change. Change leads to better days!
Let’s don’t be so fast to judge others. I am so guilty of this. It is part of our human nature. Let’s follow the example of Christ as we walk through this Friday. Focus on what they could be in Christ!