Has it ever happened to you? You arrive from your flight, make your way to the baggage claim area, and wait for the conveyor belt to deliver your luggage. As you wait and wait everyone else leaves and you are left standing alone, not holding your bags. Somewhere and somehow they lost your luggage.
As upsetting as this scenario may be, in a spiritual way it is good for us to lose our baggage. All of us have accumulated an immense weight of sin and guilt in our lives. We carry that weight of condemnation with us everywhere we go. Our over-the-limit sins weigh us down and separate us from our loving Heavenly Father. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Paul, overcome with the accumulated weight of his sins, described himself as the chief of sinners. I think every one of us need to come to understand that we are the worst sinner we know.
However, God has made a way so we do not have to carry those heavy bags of sin. Jesus Christ died on the cross and paid the penalty that we owed. He died so that we do not have to bear the weight of those sins any longer. All we need to do is repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ. When we leave our heavily overstuffed baggage of sin at the cross, God loses them in the sea of forgetfulness. He removes them as far as the east is from the west and remembers them no more. Rom. 8:1 gives us some glorious news: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…”
Once in a while even those who have trusted Christ as Savior will see the luggage of condemnation showing up on our doorsteps. We will be tempted to load it on our backs as our pride tells us that Jesus sacrifice couldn’t possibly be enough to secure the Father’s love for us. Let us lose the luggage of condemnation and kneel in worship to the One who bore our sins.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation