By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: May 26, 2016
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Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”.
Philippians 1:6, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”.
I Corinthians 6:11, “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus by the Spirit of our God”.
At times, even the most seasoned believers allow their past to impede their vision for the future. It’s natural; and it happens. You see, the church is the perfect place for imperfect people. And it’s true, everyone is welcome and everyone has a purpose. However, oftentimes seekers and new believers hesitate to get involved, because they think “Who am I?” and “Surely God can’t use someone like me with such a sin-stained and spotted past”. Fortunately, our great God doesn’t care about where you’ve been or what you’ve done. The moment you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you are free from past sin and shame. You are washed clean, clothed in the character of Christ, and thereby declared righteous before a Holy God.
Throughout Scripture, God used imperfect people to fulfill His perfect plan. He called Abraham, an idol worshiper, to become the father of many nations. He used Moses, a man on the run from committing murder, to deliver the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery to the edge of the Promised Land. Rahab, a prostitute who risked her own life to help a couple of Israelite spies escape death, is listed within the lineage of Christ. Even Saint Paul was a repugnant persecutor of the early church before undergoing radical life change and devoting his life toiling and often suffering to build the body of Christ. So, instead of wondering “Why me?” ask “Why not me, and what’s next?”
Express your love and appreciation for God by praying through I John 3:1, “Father, how great is the love You have lavished upon me, that I should be called Your child! And that is what I am!” Then ask Him to open your heart and guide you in finding your purpose, your niche within the body of Christ. Finally, thank Him in advance for what He will do in and through your life.
Pray through today’s scriptures and replace all pronouns with “I”, “me”, or “my” three times.
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