Galatians 1:23-24 All they knew was that people were saying, "The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!" And they praised God because of me. NLT
God is in the business of using our lives, no matter our past mistakes. Paul had persecuted the church and then he became one leading the church. God was using Paul and his past to be a witness of God's power and grace.
God wants to do the same with you. I know it sounds a little crazy, but it's true. God wants to use your life to be a light in a dark world. "But Pastor David, you don't know what I've done in my past." I may not, but God does and he says that those things are forgiven. Don't dwell on those things, confess them to the Lord and then move on in faith. Share your testimony, love your enemy, give to the needy or whatever else God may have you do. We are only on this earth for a short time. Use every moment for the Lord and you will find incredible joy in the adventure.
Life Lesson: While we are only on Earth for a little while, we can do things that will shine forever.
Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for saving me and empowering me with the Holy Spirit so that I can live for You. Use my life to shine Your love and Truth to everyone around me. In Jesus' name, Amen.