Updated: Jul 25
I’m a bad person. I’ve done too many horrible things. I grew up under this religion all my life, I can’t drop it. If I leave what I believed in before what religion do I join next? We’re often on one or the other end of the spectrum when it comes to our beliefs. Either we don’t feel worthy or we feel safe and unwilling to change. What’s interesting is that we’ve always heard stories of the “worst men and women” in society finding God – those in jail. If God can turn their hearts, why is it too late for you?
It takes a certain level of humility to block out all the noise and seek the truth. One of the most beloved men of the new testament was Apostle Paul. Before he became a soldier for the gospel of Jesus Christ Paul then Saul was relentlessly trying to tear down that very same thing (Acts 9:1). How could the LORD forgive Paul enough to use him? Why not just destroy him there and then? That’s our way of thinking. Instead God took a self-proclaimed wretched man (Romans 7:24) and redeemed him. He made him a force to build back up all he seemed destined to destroy.
Paul knew the law/ the commandments of his forefathers (Acts 22:3) but was still in error. If Paul knew “right” and still chose wrong, the average man or woman who doesn’t know the LORD has no reason to feel beyond help. Sometimes we know better but we still make mistakes when we don’t seek him fully (John 4:23). To know him is to love him. We didn’t love him so we put the Son of God to death. The “Jews” did not put him to death. Every single man, woman and child operating in a spirit that goes against God put him to death. He laid down his life for us even though the grave could not hold him (John 15:13-15).
Even though we showed him we didn’t love him without knowing it he still forgave us (Luke 23:34). That’s the best kind of friend you’ll ever have. Why? Because that’s a friend you can always call on. No matter what you do, who you are or where you come from it’s never too late for God to use you for his glory (Romans 9:17). All you have to do is humble yourself and turn to him. You don’t need a million prayers said repetitively with idols in your hands while reciting them. Just turn to him with a sincere heart and he’ll guide you.
Jesus Christ came for sinners (Luke 5:32). He came for the “law breakers”. Did he put anyone in jail? No! He came to set the captives free (Luke 4:18). He’s the just judge. Men who found themselves to be perfect under the law rejected him. Does that mean the righteous put him to death? Self-righteous maybe but surely not holy (Matthew 19:17). We’ve all fallen short in some way shape or form (Romans 3:23). From the tiniest lie ever told to the carnage we view via media on a daily basis. Turn to the LORD and he promises to make you clean again (Isaiah 1:18).