She was a dutiful girl…had been for years. Looking into the mirror, she gave herself a quick, critical overview.
I wish I were pretty like other girls.
Completing her feeble attempt to groom herself for the day’s activities, she remembered to place the label of contempt around her neck…the label that defined the essence of her being…the label she had worn since the day of her big—mistake. Yes, she was dutiful…dutiful to the voices that stalked her every move.
You’re obligated to remember your evil deed…lest you do it again. This is who you are. Just because Jesus is your Savior you are still under the law…the law of the past. Just because you’re forgiven doesn’t mean you’re free to forget. Remember the faces, the words of your superiors? Oh no, to forget would be disobedient, careless, foolish. It wouldn’t be dutiful.
She had heard of a day when the Lord would wipe away all tears from her eyes. She was told in that day there would be no more pain or sorrow. She longed for that time—but it was still too far away. So until then, the sun would dawn each morning on her shame. The label would be carefully hung about her neck. The voices that condemned would continue to play their tapes. And the dutiful daughter would never reach her destiny; never realize she was the Lord’s shining star.
But it happened one day, when the sun rose brightly, that her darkness was met by the Light of the world. Upon hearing her story a friend was deeply moved. “Don’t you know the freedom Jesus gives you? You are not alone. I have sinned too, but I have been redeemed—bought back by my Savior.”
“Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God’s glory.”
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
Slowly the girl took a signed contract out of her heart…out of her mind. This contract was the label, which had owned her too long…the label which gave Satan title to her soul. And with the fierceness of one who has seen a lie, she proceeded to break, to rip the strangling contract to smithereens.
“And those He predestined, he also called, those he called, he also justified ; those he justified, he also glorified. What then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”