Before a single rooster crows, you will deny and disown me three times. (Jesus, Matthew 26:75) Peter did; he blatantly denied Jesus in His darkest hour, yet went on to become a church builder and Bible writer.
I am conscious of my transgressions… my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight. (David, Psalm 51:3,4) David was convicted of gross sin, both murder and adultery, yet God declared him the man after His own heart and the ancestor of His own Son.
Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? …show me a sign… (Gideon, Judges 6:15,17) Gideon doubted God, asking for three different signs of proof, yet God used him to rescue and lead His people.
And me. My sin is inexcusable. (Do you need my real life examples? …because what good is a theoretical little scribble if not based on actual experience? Then again, who wants to read a detailed list of another’s shortcomings?) But anyway… just because I fail does not mean I am a failure. God wants me to recognize my sin, but He’s not condemning me to wallow in it. How limited do I really believe His mercy to be? Perhaps the recognition of my humanity is key to unlocking His full potential in me. And if He wants to use broken material, that’s up to Him; who am I to say I’m worthless?
And you. Don’t give up on yourself. Wait- yeah, actually do give up on yourself. But don’t give up on God and the work He wants to do in you, through you… because God hasn’t given up on you. Who knows? Perhaps your worst failure foreshadows His greatest purpose for you.
God still loves you (me). He still considers us precious. He still has good plans and purposes in mind for us… no matter how badly we’ve botched it.
I’m going to get back up and go at it again; you coming too?