Nothing Goes to Waste in Christ

One valuable purpose of my blog here is to sharpen my writing and personal thought life. Today, I’ve been thinking about ways God has been moving in my life, and I wanted to be transparent and share some helpful thoughts with everyone.

Remembering how God revealed himself to us in our past is a helpful way to make progress in our sanctification. It’s helpful to think back to times where God faithfully provided so that we can stand firm in our faith moving forward.

Often, our past is hard to think about because we have things in our past we are ashamed of. Most of us hunger for what is to come instead of daydreaming about the past. I get it. I’m constantly looking forward to the “next thing”.

Related to these subjects, I believe it’s important to understand this fundamental truth — nothing goes to waste in Christ.

The Apostle Paul said it well in his epistle to the Romans. “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, ESV).

God doesn’t let anything go to waste. He makes all things work together for good. This fundamental truth is worth meditating on. Are there things from your past that seem bad? Does anything from your past embarrass you? Which things do you wish could just get erased forever?

For these “things”, God has a plan to use for good.

God has proven this to me is by allowing me to meet people who’ve been through similar bad experiences. When relating to others who’ve been through similar bad experiences, it bridges gaps — it helps me connect with others and utilize my influence to bear witness about Christ.

The Lord has sufficiently met all my needs. Explaining how God meets my needs to those who’ve been through bad experiences helps us eventually arrive at a place where we all trust Christ.

It’s likely that everyone who reads this post can think of something from their past they’re embarrassed about. The struggle is real. It seems like a wasted memory, but it’s not. God won’t waste that; he will use it for good somehow.

The truth is, nobody is perfect but God. Some are just better at hiding it than others. Our past is imperfect. Don’t kid yourself into thinking your future is going to be perfect. It won’t be. Our testimonies involve mistakes. And God won’t let any of it be wasted.

I’m setting more time aside today to think about the ways God is moving in my life. I don’t want to waste my life. I want it to count, and make a difference. Maybe God isn’t planning on using the “perfect” parts of my life to make a difference. Maybe he wants to use the “bad”. You should set time aside to think on this subject too. I think it’s helpful!

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