Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Baggage Allowed by Martin Wiles

What weight I think I should be able to put in my stowaway bag is immaterial. So is the size of my carry on.

If you’ve flown lately, you know the rules have changed dramatically. Bags going under the plane must not weigh over 50 pounds and ones carried on the plane must be a certain dimension. Otherwise, attendants will turn them—and you, away. And when I reach my destination, I’m also expected to pick up my bags. Flying requires carrying baggage.

Fortunately, when I choose to travel with Christ I can bring the baggage with me without penalty. “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18 NLT)”

Overweight or over sized baggage may keep me off a plane, but it doesn’t keep me out of God’s service. God specializes in using people with all sorts of baggage. In fact, he normally uses them as opposed to those with clean slates. When he uses baggage laden people, he draws the spotlight instead of them.

Airline attendants don’t care about my past; they’re only concerned about the weight and size of my baggage. My past doesn’t really concern God either. Even if it has skeletons—which most everyone’s does, he can flesh the bones and resurrect them into something usable for spreading his love.

I’ve never had literal baggage I didn’t want to claim, but there’s some of my personal baggage I’d rather leave behind. But I can’t. My life is what it is, yet it doesn’t have to be in the future what it was in the past. God accepts me and my baggage and he will you too.

Don’t let your baggage keep you from serving God.

Prayer: Thank You merciful Father for forgiving our past, present, and future sins and for not casting us aside even when we come with overweight and excessive baggage.

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