1 Corinthians 15:9 (Amplified) For I am the least worthy of the apostles, who am not fit or deserving to be called an apostle, because I once wronged and pursued and molested the church of God oppressing it with cruelty and violence.
Paul is in the middle of a conversation about his calling. In the corse of his conversation he has reason to remember his past. He is talking to the corinthians about the gospel that He has had the privilege of preaching and he was telling them how Jesus appeared to him with the gospel, just like He (Jesus) appeared to the other apostles, but in the middle of the conversation, he remembered where he was when Jesus called him.
One of the funny things that often happens to christians, is that we easily forget where we came from. God does an amazing work in us…He cleans us up, gives us the ability to speak, makes us look better than we ever thought possible…but we forget! I know we forget because we start to act high and mighty when we come across another person’s mess!
Paul is in this place where he is having a conversation and he remembers that because of what He did in His past by way of persecuting the church…he says, I’m not even worthy to be called an APOSTLE! But he goes on in verse 10 to say…
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain;… (I Corinthians 15:9, 10 NKJV)
I just want to remind you today that you don’t need to be ashamed of your mess, you don’t need to be afraid of your weaknesses, you don’t need to see your future through your shortcomings and mistakes because there is grace pointing towards you today, and that Grace can make you what you ought to become!
You can experience an incredible future in spite of your mistakes! You can experience an amazing future in spite of your shortcomings! I know you were abused growing up, that experience does not have to make a future for you! I know you feel like you wasted a lot of your youth in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing, yet the shame of your youth does not have to make you a future! You can be what you want to be BY THE GRACE OF GOD!
The future is available for the taking! We are not victims of our past, we are not victims of our mistakes or experiences, the grace of God is pointing towards us, the grace of GOD has given us a great future!!
The question is will you let grace make you a future or do you want one that you created! Will you let grace make you a future or do you want one that past created?
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”
3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!
If you choose to yield that situation to God by agreeing with what He said about it regardless of your experience, He’ll make a master piece out of your life. Nothing is too messy for Him.
I pray you find the courage to yield to the potter today. He can give you a brand new start.