Every so often I think, “God could never use me. I’m just too sinful and inconsistent and unworthy.” If you knew my life and my thoughts then you would agree those descriptions are most certainly true. I think if we listed out the most heinous of sins, my life could be flashed on the screen as a prime example of each one. The same, also, is true of many others in the Bible: Ham dishonored his father, Moses had anger issues, David struggled with lust, Elijah with the fear of man (or woman as the case may be), Peter with fear of what others thought, James and John with pride and you certainly have some stronghold in your life as well.
When we dwell on these things and succumb to them then we, like Adam and Eve, tend to hide from God fearing His judgment and forgetting His mercy. We forego prayer as though God can’t see us, stay away from church as though He won’t know and avoid the Bible to keep from further knowledge of our sin. But if you know Christ as your Lord and Savior then 1 John 2:1-2 tells us, “I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin (which we all do), we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins…” Those who know Christ as Lord and Savior don’t have to fear, but should, instead, come with repentance before God. Romans 2:4 tells us that “…God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance.” This means that I turn from my sin and come to God. My sin does not negate the fact that God will forgive nor that He will allow me to serve in His family if I come to Him.