No Regrets

Can you imagine coming to the end of your life and being able to say, “No regrets.”  This was much on my mind as I was reading Mark 6-16, Luke 1-5 and Romans 8-9.

I saw a contrast in the life of Peter and in the life of Christ.  Luke records how that even as a child, Jesus was obedient to His Father’s will.  “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business,” Lk 2:49.  We see this throughout Jesus earthly ministry.  As Jesus hung on the cross we remember His last words, “It is finished.”  Jesus had no regrets as the Perfect Son of God.

However there was Peter, “He had regrets.”  Mark records that after Peter denies Jesus three times, “He thought about it, and he wept,” 14:72.  Luke adds, “He wept bitterly.”

I wonder whom do you most identify with?  Sadly, for me, I identify more with Peter than I do with Jesus.  Why does this happen?  The answer is found in Mark’s commentary just a few verses earlier, “But Peter followed Him at a distance,” 14:54.

When the follower of Christ drifts from a passionate, separated walk with Christ he or she will have regrets.  We will be sidetracked by the enemy and we will become stale because we will seek to fulfill the wishes of the flesh.

Now here is where it becomes intense, “We just like Peter go into defense mode.”  We refuse to admit the state we are in.  We listen to our own heart that is deceitful above all things.

However it is the word of God that is our reminder as to who we are and to where we need to be in our walk with Christ.  His word is that mirror of my heart.

I thought of this yesterday as I had my picture taken for an upcoming class that I will teach in the fall.  When I saw the picture I thought who is this guy who’s hair is greying and who is this guy who looks like he has been in the race for quiet a while?  Suddenly I was reminded how much of my race is already behind me and I thought about those moments that if I could recall them I would do things differently.

But thank God I did not remain in the past.  I know that my regrets have been forgiven and removed by the blood of Christ.  I suddenly came to the present and I fixed my focus totally on Christ so that the rest of my race could be run without regrets.

I plead with those who read this today to confess the failures of the past (If you have not already)) and to commit to faithfulness in the present (If you have not).  I then plead with you to run with endurance the race that is set before you.  Run with joy, intensity, and rely on the mercy of the Lord.

Paul’s words to the church in Rome speaks so clearly about the need of mercy in our race, “And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory,” 9:23.

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