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For My Stuck Friends: The Past Suffices

As of late, St. Peter has reminded me of a few lessons that I’d like to share. I want us to be reminded together by some of the insight our brother has for those on the verge of transformation. I hope these messages become a hopeful, encouraging, exhortative, freeing, and empowering for those of us who have been about to reach the crest of the hill for a long time, but can’t quite seem to get there. May these simple insights by a fellow struggler and fellow follower aid you as you journey toward transformation into the character of Christ.

Peter tells us: “live for the rest of time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.” (1 Peter 4:2-3)

That’s the message I have for you. The time that has already gone by, that which is behind us, that time was enough time to engage in sinful behavior that those of the world want to engage in. That’s enough time living as ungodly sinners. You’ve had enough of sin. You’ve had your fill of these sorts of behaviors in the time past when that was what you did. You have drunk deeply enough of ungodly passions and devilish desires. The past suffices for that behavior. The sin of your past is adequate.

To those who have ears to hear, you already know this truth. You already know where your sin has gotten you. Your pastime of sin has given you enough experience of it. You know its adrenaline rush. You know its promises of fulfillment. You know its draw of independence. You know the pull of the wondrous unknown of completely shameless and self-centered living. And you know the letdown. And you know it empties rather than fills. And you know that sort of independent freedom is a form of brutal slavery. And you know that shameless self-centeredness leaves you in a very small world that you can only escape by feeling shame and focusing on the forgiveness of your Savior. The past is sufficient. The sin of your past is sufficient. The time in the past that you have spent living in the way of destruction and godlessness is enough time. The past is enough, and you don’t have to live in it any longer.

“Live for the rest of time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” This is the beautiful alternative. No longer stuck in this small world of twisted human desire, the world of our past, we can live in this ginormous beautiful world of the will of God. For those who have eyes to see, you can visualize an approximation of this illustrious kingdom and you see that this is the world you want to live in. This is the way you want to live in. This is the world you want to help create. This is the transformation of character you want, one that is fitting for this kingdom. And you want to be a man or woman exemplifying this sort of kingdom character from now until the end of time.

So back to our simple message. The sin of our past is enough. The way we used to live in is enough. And this way is not consistent with this new kingdom. You know this. The way of our past will keep us from reaching the summit of the hill on our journey toward transformation. I know you’ve had enough of sin’s empty, deceptive promises. You know you’ve had enough of that bullshit. Let the sin of the past suffice. Leave it where it belongs, back there in the past, that for the rest of time you might live for the will of God.

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