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April 8, 2017, 5:00 AM

Have you screwed up so badly that you think you are not qualified to be a witness for Christ?


Have you screwed up so badly that you think you are not qualified to be a witness for Christ? Are you hiding in a corner hoping that no one will remember what you've done?  You’re not alone, I’ve screwed up in life so badly that people still cannot reconcile who I am today because of Jesus, and who I was. The good news in my life is that Jesus gave up everything He had so that I could have a right relationship with God, and then He worked patiently upon me to get me to a place where I began to understand who I was as a result of what He did. For about 10 years I ran from it because I couldn’t stop seeing myself through the world’s eyes.  Growth in my life came from stepping out and believing in the person that God sees instead of the person I see.

 

If anyone should have been disqualified from being a witness for Christ, it was Peter. He walked with Christ, ate with Christ, followed Christ, and left his family for Christ. He told his Lord that he'd be with him till the end.  He was even willing to fight for Him, slicing the ear from a guard showing his undying loyalty to the King of Kings.   But all that change when he was asked if he knew this Jesus character. And to that he replied, "I do not know or understand what you are talking about." Not once, not twice, but three times.  The second crow of the rooster was heard and Peter broke down and wept.

 

Peter could have forsaken all that he knew and experienced with Jesus. Instead, he chose to deal with his failure, shake the dust off his sandals and press on to share the amazing love of the Son of God to the world. For this, I am so grateful.  Peter story is one that really hits me in the heart.  The very reason it took me ten years to respond to the call of God on my life is because I felt unqualified to do what it is I’m doing today.  I couldn’t stop looking at my past failures, at the old me, at the old creation and as long as I kept looking back at those things it kept me from feeling qualified. 

 

I have good news for you to, God doesn’t call the qualified He qualifies the called.  While there will still be consequences to the sin you once allowed to entangle you, it does not have to keep you strangled from here on out. You can repent of your sin, receive God’s forgiveness, and proclaim God's faithfulness for the rest of your days.  We are still gonna stumble, fail from time to time, and miss God on a regular basis, but none of that disqualifies us from serving Him, none of that disqualifies us from His grace, and therefore it gives us the ability to know that no matter what we may think or feel it’s about what He has said in His Word.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

This is my Prayer:  God please renew me from the inside out. Help me Lord to see past the experiences of my past that still hold me in shame.  Jesus show me how to remove the feelings of shame and uselessness, and replace it with a peace and joy I find in You.   Lord help me to see myself through Your eyes, so that I can share Your amazing love with those that need to hear it.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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