Good morning everyone,
The title of today's devotional is simply said a lot easier than the actions that it takes to do it. See, we all have a tendency to build up a bunch of baggage unless we get rid of it on a daily basis. Think for just a minute about your house only being cleaned once a month. For some of us, there is so much activity, it needs to be cleaned on a daily basis. The only way you can become what God intends for you to be is to allow Him to clean your dirty baggage out so that He can make you whiter than snow! We seem to cling to baggage because we think that we can hide behind it. That is not true at all. 1 Samuel 10:20-22 says that Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the Lord. But when they looked for Saul, he had disappeared! So they asked the Lord, "Where is he?" And the Lord replied, "He is hiding among the baggage." Why is it that we think we can carry on the way we do and then hide from the Lord? If you are to become what God has called you to be, you are going to need to become transparent. Transparency is simply being truthful about who you are and dealing appropriately with your actions. If you mess up, hiding is the last thing you try to do. See, God already knows what you did and where you are. Why not ask Him to forgive you and then you stop trying to carry more and more junk! As we humble ourselves and show our change of heart, that is when He can use us the way that He intended to use us! Once we turn the corner of letting go of the past, we can move forward with gusto!
Your brother in Christ,