Acts 8:1 And Saul approved of their killing him…

Our background can sometimes intimidate us from doing the work of the Lord. We look at how many times we’ve missed the mark, how many marriages we’ve had, or our criminal background, and think someone is going to judge us based on our past. Unfortunately, some people will judge, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing the work of the Lord.

Think about this. Paul, who was once called Saul, was murdering the family members of people he would eventually preach to. If Paul would have focused on his past, he wouldn’t have had the revelation to do what he did and write the majority of the New Testament. It was imperative that Paul received his forgiveness, forgot the things of his past, and pressed towards what God called him to.

We can’t be concerned about the opinions of men regarding our past. We must do what God has called us to because God’s opinion of us is the only opinion that matters.

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.