Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
One of the most depressing words a believer can utter is the clause ‘I was’ as this seems to be indicative of something that is no longer attributable to them. Even though Paul was still in active ministry, on the surface, his words could be seen as just saying ” I was once zealous for God as you are now’. But this open-ended statement leaves room for the question ‘what about now?
It is most heartbreaking when a person who was once on fire for the Lord suddenly loses that zeal and enthusiasm for the things of God and can even use the past tense to describe his identity ‘I was a believer, a child of God and so forth. The dictionary accepts ex-girlfriend or boyfriend probably because it is easy to say but just imagine how exhausting it is to say ‘ex child-of-God’.
There is the reason Jesus once said ‘ Whoever sets his hands to the plough and keeps looking back, is not fit for service in the Kingdom of God. There should never come a time when we describe our relationship with the Lord using the ‘past tense’ because there is no room for past relationships with Him, only present and thriving ones.
Sweetheart, you should not become an ex-son or ex-daughter to God by your own volition because that spells the single biggest demotion you could think of. Always strive and be ready to use the words ‘I am’ when it comes to God because once you accept his invitation, He is ready to see you through until the end. Stop looking back so you don’t become a dropout .
Remember # your relationship with God should exist in the present, not in the past.