There is a necessary tension between the past and the future in terms of our personal lives and leadership. While the past need not define us, it does suggest our likely future behavioral patterns. At the same time, the same patterns also need not define our future, especially if we take steps to overcome them. See the tension?
What is holding you back now due to its past impact on your life? What trips you up? What have you gained victory over through Christ, despite the efforts of our enemy and other people to remind us of past failings?
Some leaders experience catastrophic crisis late in their careers due to a failure to deal with sin or wrong-heading thinking early in their lives. The patterns become integrated into their persona, a sophisticated mask they wear to hide who they really are.
The devil fears Christians who dare to remove their masks, exposing their sins and finding healing and reconciliation with God and other people. For in so doing, these Christians escape the deception that their past sins forever define their future dreams. They are set free. Liberated. And new possibilities abound within the safety of the reconciling, redemptive community of faith. Their prayers wreck havoc on the kingdom of darkness.
What masks might you be wearing now? Can you anticipate the liberty of tearing off that mask and allowing God to do his work fully in and through you? What’s holding you back? Go ahead. Join me in peeling off the masks. Experience newfound freedom to live, love and even lead as the real you.