He can still use you
Matthew 1:1-16 – This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers…
… The father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
I cut a couple of hundred words from those verses. If I had written out all the names in the list I would be sat here forever. I remember reading this chapter when I was younger and thinking WHAT IS THE POINT IN ALL THESE NAMES?! I’d just skim over the names so that I could get to the actual story.
But now I look at these names differently. Not only do I recognise a few of the names, but I have read their stories. I feel like I know them a bit more than just their name. I know that each of them had a journey to walk – most of which was an uphill battle. I know that they all had issues and complications of some sort. I know now that I can actually relate to them because they aren’t perfect either.
Abraham lacked faith and slept with another woman other than his wife in order to have a baby. Judah was known as foolish. Rahab was a prostitute. Jesse didn’t believe his youngest son was capable of being King, yet he was. David was a murderer.
Despite their faults and failures (and those of the many others I didn’t even mention), God still used them to deliver His promise of the Messiah. Their names are forever written in the Bible because God used them to bring Jesus Christ to earth. He didn’t strike their names out because they sinned or disappointed Him.
The same goes for us, especially now that Jesus Christ died for our sins. God can still use you, regardless of what you have done. You’re never too far gone to be out of God’s reach.