If you needed a reminder that love truly is the most powerful force in the world, watch Lawanda’s baptism story. What made the difference in her life? The love of God and the love of Christians surrounding her.
Archives For redemption
What do Moses, David, and Paul all have in common? These names represent some of the best men written about in the Bible. God spoke to Moses face to face (Num. 12:8). The Bible calls David a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14). Paul was privileged with writing almost half of the New Testament.
When you look at their accomplishments, their heroics are almost mythical: Moses called down the plagues on Egypt and parted the Red Sea; David killed the giant Goliath and led Israel to her glory years; Paul was a prolific church planter and had more impact on the church than anyone else in history. We look at them, and it’s easy to see them as idealized, untouchable characters with whitewashed pasts.
Yet here’s what Moses, David and Paul have in common: they were all murderers. Moses killed an Egyptian in anger (Ex. 2:12), David killed Uriah the Hittite because he got Uriah’s wife pregnant (2 Sam. 11:15). Paul was present at the murder of Stephen and was responsible for many other deaths before his own conversion (Acts 8:1).
The application is simple: if God could use them, he can use you. No past is too checkered for him. What makes God great is inexhaustible grace and ability to take even the worst of circumstances and redeem them for his glory. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you’ve made. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been divorced. It doesn’t matter how many addictions controlled you. If God can use murderers to be some of the greatest men in the Bible, then he can use you.
I believe this enough that I shared it with a group of ladies a few days ago who are overcoming alcohol and drug addiction. One young lady is trying to overcome an IV meth addiction with an extremely low statistical probability of recovery. I shared it with a young lady of 25 who’s been in rehab seven different times. Even them, not too far gone. My God is big enough and strong enough and loving enough to use even them. If God can use these ladies, he can use you.
Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Growing up, the Jerry Springer Show set the standard for low-brow talk shows. Every week, it seemed like he would set up shop in a trailer park and just have at it. Do that many people not know who their ‘baby daddy’s’ are or that their boyfriends are having an affair with their sister? The few times I watched the show, I shook my head and wondered, “Where do these people come from?”
Here’s what I love about the Old Testament: it’s the story of God using a broken and flawed people to do His work, many of whom would have been great candidates for the Jerry Springer Show. Consider some of the ‘heroes’ of the Old Testament:
- A guy who threw his wife under the bus and pretended to only be her brother every time they moved somewhere new (Abraham).
- A guy who got completely drunk and passed out naked in front of his kids (Noah).
- A guy who’s wife turned into a pillar of salt and whose daughters got him drunk so that he would impregnate them (Lot).
- A guy who thought the best way to take care of a problem was by killing someone (Moses).
- A guy who mistook his daughter-in-law for a prostitute and slept with her, getting her pregnant (Judah).
- A guy with serious anger issues who would let foxes run loose in grain fields and rip the gates off of city walls (Samson).
- A guy who lusted after another man’s wife, slept with her, then killed the husband (David).
These are the heroes of the Old Testament, and they’re all deeply flawed characters. If God can use them, God can use you. Never count yourself out.
Can God change your life in 2013? Absolutely. Watch this video of how God worked in the life of David Duett and use it as motivation to ask God for big things in your life.
Everyone has a story. When you know their story, you get a glimpse into God’s beautifully redemptive work throughout an entire life. Here is Abby’s story, one that we shared at Mt Vernon Church earlier this year.
Thank you Abby, for sharing your beautiful story with us.