“Baggage Claim” is the name of our current message series at church. Our pastor, Mac, started the series off this past Sunday.
What a great message for anyone. We all have baggage. He listed out the types of baggage:
1. Hurts and wounds. Those things that others have done or said to you that have hurt you.
2. Bitterness – not engaging in forgiveness.
3. Circumstances – these are things that are nobody’s fault including yours.
4. Family – what our family looks like and how the relationships work within them.
5. Failures – moral or mistakes
Mac then went into a discussion of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. He referred to Joseph as the “Biblical Baggage Holder”. Jacob had a lot of things going for him in his life, and a lot of them fell into many of the categories above. However, he did not let his baggage label him or rule him. He actually allowed God to use his baggage for good. If you are not familiar with the story, you should read Genesis 37-50.
The moral of the story is that no matter what our baggage is, we need to allow God to use it for good. Don’t turn away from it necessarily, but definitely turn it over to God. He can then use it to help others and to heal you.
I have some baggage in my life that I am not necessarily proud of, but I’ve worked through it with God by my side, and I’ve given it over to Him. He has begun to use it for good and I’m amazed by that. Something that can seem so heavy as you carry it around day-to-day can be lifted to God, in turn, lightening your load and helping others. God can do amazing things with your baggage.
He also allowed you to go through those trials and mistakes for a reason. So that he could use you in a certain way. Your baggage is part of you and it has made you who you are, and remember God loves you just as you are……baggage and all!