“And Moses said to the people: ‘Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.'”
The day of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was so important that an annual feast was established to commemorate the events. It was important to the Lord that His people never forget the severe bondage they were under before He rescued them. He knew they would face great difficulty in the wilderness and within the promised land. Since these difficulties might discourage them, and even lead some to want to return to Egypt, it was important that they remember what life was really like before deliverance.
The same is true for us. Paul wrote to the Ephesians exhorting them to remember who they were before they came to Christ. Instead of allowing time to make us nostalgic and to create a unrealistic picture of our past life, God desires that we never forget that before Christ, we were separated from God and in bondage to sin.
Instead of looking at the world as though we are missing out on something, we should look at all that we have been delivered from. Praise God that the empty life we once lived is something of the past.