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I was talking to someone the other day who made this statement: “I have done so much stuff in my life, so much that I don’t really think God can or would or would want to use me… so I really don’t think about church any more… I don’t think about God any more… I’ve done too much stuff.”
When the conversation finished, those words continued to ring in my mind. What I came to realize is that everyone struggles with the idea that they are not good enough to take part in God’s work. Some Christians beat themselves up over sins they committed years ago, others think back to what they did before they were a believer and both decide they cannot be used by God. Many non-Christians think that they are too far gone for God to save them, much less be used by God.
In reality, by ourselves we are unworthy to be used by God because of our disobedience to Holy God. However, through our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we can be transformed into something that can be used by God. For example, Paul was a persecutor of Christians before He met Jesus; David was an adulterer and murderer; Peter denied Christ three times stating he would die for Jesus. After these sinful decisions, all three men were used in mighty ways by God. You can be restored after sin, you can be renewed by the power of Jesus, you can be used by God, too. The question is not “can God use me” but rather the question is “will I allow God to use me.” Peter, David and Paul all confessed their sin to God, asked God to use them and then sought to follow God. If you want to be used by God, confess your sin to Him, make Jesus your Lord and Savior, ask Him to use you, strive to please God, and then seek opportunities to be used. The God of the Bible is bigger than your sin, turn to Him.
(Josh Landrum is the pastor of Knoxville Baptist Church. He can be reached at 823-4441,Blog: http://pastorjoshreflections.blogspot.com or Twitter @Landrum_Josh. The church website is www.KnoxvilleBaptist.org)