1 Peter 1:14, “Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance…”
As the years go on, one habit that I constantly battle is glamorizing the “Good Ol’ Days.” It is easier to look back and remember when life was “good” than to embrace the struggles of today. But the reality is that life back “when” probably wasn’t as good as I remember. With time, many bad memories and struggles tend to fade. The good memories out-shadow the tougher times of the past.
The same pattern can also happen spiritually. When the honeymoon phase wears off over the months and years after conversion to Christ, there can be a tendency to want to go back to the old way of life. Past struggles and sins can begin to sound appealing again, and the pain and destruction that came from them rarely comes to surface the memory. The flesh tends to glamorize sin.
Peter instructed followers of Christ to not comply with the evil urges that we used to follow in our ignorance. There was a time when we did not know Christ and we were only able to will to sin. Our motives did not consider or regard God’s desires, and we simply did whatever our appetite wanted. But when we were transformed by the Spirit of God, we were liberated so that we can will to do good, to please God. But the problem is that fleshly desires do not disappear.
Life with Christ means that we must discipline ourselves to listen to the Spirit so that we will do good and be good. The reality is that the Good Ol’ Days are always in the present. As we yield our hearts the Spirit of God, the present gives us the opportunity to be changed and to institute change in a way that can bring life.
As we get ready to begin a new year, we should consider our past only as a way of evaluating what we wish to do better. How can we be more faithful this year? What are changes we need to make spiritually? How are the fruits of the Spirit present in our life?