It Is All Dirt!

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
- PHILIPPIANS 3:13, 14

One friend, a bit of a cowboy, has a way with words and will often paint a verbal picture that leaves me thinking for days. One day we were discussing our pasts. He made an interesting observation. “One day I started to dig into my past. I dug fifty feet and hit dirt. At one hundred feet I also hit dirt. At two hundred, dirt again, until finally I reached a depth of seven hundred feet, still dirt. I quit, figuring no matter how deep I went it would just be dirt.” Well, amen!

Is that not really what examining the past is like? We never hit anything but dirt! The past has died and decomposed. It is the enemy who would have us believe there is something in our past, when uncovered, that would produce great release today, when in fact it is an elaborate scheme to steal the present. That is the enemy’s job, to steal the present, for the present holds the key to the future. Steal the present and the future is his, too. Many times I have sat and listened to believers as they talked about what it is like to be out of God’s presence and fellowship, how they miss it, why they miss it, and what happened to precipitate their losing it. The whole discussion is a waste of time, for every moment the problem is being analyzed, it is allowed to continue. Analyzing the problem is actually feeding the problem. Stop analyzing the past and seize the present. He is as close as the words in our mouth. Call out to Him and stop wasting time; He is there. Jesus took care of it all; everything else is just dirt.

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