Scripture Read: 2 Jn 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.
Application: This verse is such a window into the heart of John and to You Lord. It cries out to us a warning, a hope and a plan. The whole concept should hit us and should become, if it is not already, a precious verse to us for the rest of our lives. Even though we may still find ourselves not where we want to be so much of the time You are even now in the process of encouraging us to take what has been accomplished and realize that we can finish with a full reward. This should put all regrets in their place. Regrets can paralyze a child of God. That is a tactic of the enemy. I have regrets, and wish I could have moments, decisions and even periods of time over. If I don’t have regrets it shows I have learned nothing from my life or the lessons You were trying to accomplish when You allowed me to live that way or make that decision. You could have stopped it – just with a thought You could bring me home. So of course we will have regrets, BUT we must ask ourselves how much time and energy should we spend in that state of mind? The Word teaches that we should spend only the time it takes to confess it and repent! Then get off the pity train, realize that spending time and energy trying to change the reality of the past is as profitable as looking in the mirror over and over again hoping you will see the face of the best looking person in the world! You won’t – too bad, you and I are stuck with our face! If you do think you see the best looking person in the world in the mirror besides encouraging you to get some serious counseling all I can say I hope you & you will be happy together! :)
The point is regrets should be given only the time it takes to turn from those mistakes and focus on the future, which is not much time at all. The exciting part of this verse is how it points out that this whole thing called life has been a partnership! Though we do not hold up our end very well You have every intention of us finishing well. Forget the Past! Lets move into our future with You Lord planning to complete what we have accomplished in our partnership! Father help us to see all that You envision for us and allow us to focus and pursue that. Thanks for being in this with us – we want that full reward – Grant us Your strength and enable us to finish - not well – we want to finish GREAT!
* Meditation Questions: Do you ever think – If I only had done or not done __________? How much does that control you? Can you see that where you are NOW is where you are and God has allowed it? How does that make you feel? What from your past are you dragging into the future with you? Why won’t you let it go? Why not give it to Him right now?