A Checkered Past

 

 

Do you have a checkered past?

Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield with Take It To Heart!

Have you made choices in your life that you deeply regret? Are there things you still struggle with today? Perhaps in your heart of hearts, you long to do great things for God, but you wonder: How could He possibly use someone like me?

If you do, guess what?  You’re in good company. The Bible is chock-full of messed up, mixed up people — that God STILL used!  Think about it: Abraham was a coward. Jacob was a liar. Moses was a hot-head. Rahab was a prostitute. David was an adulterer. Jonah was a whiner. Matthew was a cheater. Martha was a busybody. Thomas was a doubter. Prior to his conversion, the Apostle Paul was a Pharisee who killed Christians in the name of God.

These men and women were all-too-human. They had serious character flaws. They made major mistakes. But God worked in them and through them to accomplish great and mighty things for His kingdom. In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul explains, “We have this TREASURE in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

He went on to say, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9b-10)

In our weakness, God’s power and strength is revealed. Through the cracks in our broken, messed-up lives, His light shines brightly. The world can see Jesus at work in us. We don’t have to be perfect or pious or put-together. We just need to be willing and available. Each and every day, God uses ordinary people like us — to do extraordinary things for Him.

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