“If you only knew my past.”
by: Trey Bradley, CKM Speaker
"If only you knew my past."
Does it sound familiar? Is this an excuse that you have used? Maybe you have felt God calling you to a specific task, but you feel unworthy because of mistakes in your past. You feel that you are beyond the point of God using somebody like you!
However, the point is not how good, worthy, or equipped we are. It’s about how good, worthy, and equipped God is!
God specializes in taking what’s broken and making it beautiful! He has also been known to do amazing things through inadequate and sinful people. The cool thing about the Bible is how it is full of ordinary, sinful people with messy lives and nothing without Christ working through in them. All throughout Scripture God uses people who had made some huge mistakes!
- David committed adultery and arranged murder.
- Moses was a murderer, insecure, and was very hesitant to listen to God.
- Jonah was outright defiant and ran from God.
- Paul hated Christians and persecuted them.
- Peter denied Jesus three times.
Yet, God chose to use all of these guys to advance the kingdom!
Many have told me that they will start following Jesus once they get their life straightened out, that they have to clean themselves up before coming to Jesus. But we can’t clean ourselves up, only Jesus can do that! Jesus wants all of us, including our messes. God’s grace is more than enough!
God is not waiting with a big stick ready to punish us for our sin, He wants us to come to Him with our brokenness so that He can wrap us in His loving arms. He wants to fill us with His hope, life, and love. He is the one who cleans us up. He does in and through us what we are incapable of doing ourselves.
The good news is that God does know your past, but because of His work on the cross He also sees your future in Him. If you have a rough past, God wants to rock your world and when others see what all He is doing through you they will know it is God!
When God uses people that nobody would expect, He gets all the glory for what only He can do. So are you feeling unworthy and inadequate? I encourage you to repent, surrender it all to Christ, then prepare for the ride of your life!
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About the Author: Trey serves Clayton King Ministries as a full-time speaker. He and his wife Melissa have three children, Jaxson, Paitlyn and Judah.
He believes that living in community is the best way for the Gospel to change lives. His bold and encouraging teaching never fails to challenge an audience. He enjoys speaking at churches and youth groups on developing leaders, trusting God when you’re out of hope, and how to share the Gospel with your friends.