We’ve all made mistakes. At some point in our lives, we’ve failed at something and many of us have beaten ourselves up about it. To make things worse, others around us have not let us forget the wrongs we’ve done.
People will judge you based on your mistakes, but, as believers, we shouldn’t fall victim to condemnation. Instead of crying about our failures or quitting because of them, we should learn from them and realize that God can turn it around for our good.
There are two places in the book of Acts that illustrate the idea of recovering from your past. The first is Acts 9:26 (NKJV), which says, “And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.”
In the beginning of this chapter, we see that Saul was a murderer who despised Christians. Yet, we also see that, after his encounter with Jesus, Saul became one of Jesus’ greatest assets.
The second reads, “Then Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.’ But the Lord said to him, ’Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.’” Acts 9:13-15 (NKJV)
Saul was later known as Paul, and God used him to write more than a quarter of the New Testament. It was because of Saul’s past actions that the disciples did not trust him, but it was his transformation that allowed him to later be accepted by the Apostles.
In a jewelry store, the salesperson will pull out a black pillow or cloth before showing you the various diamonds. The darker the background, the greater the sparkle. So don’t worry about what’s happening in this world or how dark your past is, because it’s the darkness we come out of that affords us the greatest opportunity to shine.
Many of us have had costly experiences and have failed in big ways. But, if we learn from those events, they can become valuable and instructive in our future.
In God’s hand, your failure can become your greatest asset. Don’t quit because of it, don’t run from it; learn from it!
Dr. Derek Grier
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