Not Perfect, but Usable
God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called. Stop thinking that your past defines your future. No sin that you have committed can prevent God from using you. Once you pray and ask God for forgiveness, move on!God is not looking for those who are perfect, but those who are usable.
According to the New Living Translation, 2 Timothy 2:20-21 says, “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”What does this mean? I am so glad you asked. This means that God is willing to use anyone who wants to be used. You do not have to be perfect, or pure as gold to be used God. God is not looking for superstars, but for anyone willing to be used by Him. We are all utensils, mechanisms of usage by God. He does not care if you are the newest or the oldest, but He cares that you are washed, and ready for usage.
1 Corinthians 1:27 says, “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” The power of Christianity is the message of Jesus Christ, not in the messenger. The Gospel is the message, and it has the power to transform life. A convict can give you a life changing message, as long as it was ordained by God. Rahab was a prostitute, but God still used her. David was a murderer, but God used Him too. Saul persecuted the Church, BUT God.
My point is this, once you come to Christ you are a new creature. Old things have past away (2 Corinthians 5:17). You do not have to worry about what sins you previously committed. They no longer matter. God needs people who are willing to be used by Him. He calls ordinary people who have real trials and tribulations. As He helps you through the tests, your testimony is formed. Then, when you see someone else going through it you can tell them about the greatness of God, and how He brought you out. Just like that, you have helped spread the message of Jesus Christ.
Satan’s job is to convince you that your past prevents you from receiving God’s grace. I am here to tell you that the devil is a liar. I do not care if you were a prostitute, a drug dealer, or even a murderer. God loves you and if you allow Him, He will use you. He will make you a great warrior for Him. Be encouraged!