There will be times that you feel you can do nothing right. There will be times you will feel that you can’t get your spiritual life on track. You’ll feel at times that you are poisoning the relationships you have with others. You will feel at times that you can’t get a handle on the sins that you commit. But that doesn’t mean God is finished with you. Because you are not disqualified to serve God.
When you continue to stumble in specific areas of your life, you can still be used by God. Don’t hear what I’m not saying. You should NOT be content to sin and cause havoc in your life and in your relationships. It is important to admit the sin, repent of it, hate the sin, and put it away from you. But it is OK if you still wrestle with sin in your life. The key is that you keep wrestling.
The enemy of your soul will try to convince you that you are useless to God. The enemy of your soul will try to tell you that you might as well give up and give into the temptation. But you are not disqualified to serve God because of your sin. It’s how you handle it that matters.
Here are some heroes of the faith from Scripture who had sin issues—but God used them nonetheless because they were not disqualified to serve Him.
Abraham had a problem with lying. Abraham twice lied to leaders of the land where he dwelled about his wife. He told Pharaoh in Egypt (Genesis 12:10-20) and Abimelech in Gerar (Genesis 20) that his wife Sarah was his sister. He even asked her to lie too. And both times Abraham almost lost his wife to those leaders over the lies he told.
While Abraham had a lying problem, he actually had a fear problem. He was afraid of what Pharaoh and Abimelech would do to him on account of Sarah. And that action of lying took root in his family. His son Isaac repeated the same sin and told the same lie to Abimelech about his wife Rebekah (Genesis 26:6-11). Then Isaac’s son Jacob deceived his father and stole his brother’s blessing (Genesis 27). Then Jacob’s sons lied to him and told him that Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph, was killed by wild animals when in fact they had sold their brother into slavery (Joseph 37:12-36).
That fear problem in Abraham evidenced a lack of faith in God in his dealings with Pharaoh and Abimelech. But despite that fear, Abraham is heralded in Scripture for his faith in God (Hebrews 11:8-10). Abraham was willing to move from Haran and travel hundreds of miles to Canaan—without an automobile. Just because God told him to go (Genesis 12:1-9). And Abraham was willing to sacrifice the son God promised him just because God told him to do it (Genesis 22:1-18).
Abraham was not disqualified to serve God because of his sin. And you are not disqualified because of your sin. You shouldn’t want to sin. It’s important admit the sin, repent of it, hate the sin, and put it away from you. But it doesn’t mean that God can’t use you.
Moses had a problem with anger. When he saw one of his fellow Hebrews being beaten by an Egyptian, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand (Exodus 2:11-12). And when Moses came down from the mountain after receiving the Ten Commandments and saw the people carousing, he broke the tablets with the Commandments written on them (Exodus 32:19). Another time, God told him to speak to the rock to make it produce water, but instead he struck the rock as he had done before (Numbers 20:8-11).
While Moses had moments of anger, Scripture says that Moses was the meekest man on earth (Numbers 12:3). The Lord talked with Moses as a man talks with his friend (Exodus 33:11). Moses was not disqualified to serve God because he sinned. And neither are you.
David had some major sin problems. Those problems started when he lusted after a woman who wasn’t his wife. Then he committed adultery with her. Then when she became pregnant, he had her husband killed so that he could cover up his sin (2 Samuel 11:1-27).
But David is known in Scripture as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). It’s as a result of how he handled the sin that he committed that made him a man after God’s own heart. When Nathan confronted David about his sin, he didn’t have Nathan killed. He didn’t shift the blame. He didn’t disregard what God said through Nathan. David had a heart that was tender toward the things of God. Because David was quick to repent (2 Samuel 12:7-13).
David was not disqualified to serve God because of his sin. As imperfect a man as David was, God had him figure prominently in the story of his people. Because the Messiah, Jesus, is known as the Son of David.
You are not disqualified to serve God as a result of your shortcomings. But it is important to handle your shortcomings in a way that will restore your relationship with God and your relationship with others.
Today the accounts of these biblical heroes are available for your instruction. Not only the good they did, but also the sin they committed. You can learn from what they did right, and from what they did wrong.
Let your life be lived the same way. Be transparent about how you have lived so others can learn from your example. Don’t hide the messes you’ve made. It’s important to tell about those too. So that others know that they are not disqualified to serve God.
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