I would like to address some of you who feel you have ‘missed’ the mark God has placed upon your life — you have ‘ruined it,’ in your own words. You have ‘blown it,’ and done irreparable damage to God working ‘as powerfully as he would have liked to,’ as you see it.
The first thing I would like to say is, ‘don’t underestimate the power of God.’ It is a lot more important that you respond to your present circumstance in a holy and wise manner, than it is that you (if it were possible) ‘undo’ your present circumstances so that they might be ‘brought back’ (if it were possible) to that state that they ‘should have always been’.
The second thing I would like to say is, ‘think about what it really means to have God’s best for your life.’ Does ‘best’ mean being perfect, or does ‘best’ mean being redeemed and being perfected through what Jesus has done for us on the cross? You see, there is a vast difference between the two! The former case (‘being perfect’) was blown a ‘long, long, time ago’ my friend! That was blown in the garden of Eden! Ever since that first sin, we’ve all been imperfect in this sense. We’ve all missed that opportunity to become ‘all that God ever wanted us to be.’
Now think about that. If Adam and Even sinned and were thrown out of the Garden of Eden on account of that sin, then they ‘missed’ being ever able to achieve all that it was that God had for them. They passed down that sin, and, ever since, we have all ‘missed’ it. King David said, ‘My sins are more numerous than the hairs of my head.’ I have a question for you. Which one of those sins ‘blew it’ in terms of King David ever being able to achieve ‘all that God ever had for him’? The answer is: the very first one (the same answer as the Adam and Eve case).
If David was to become ‘all that God ever intended for his life,’ then he had but one thing to do: He could not erase what he had done, but, rather, he had to be cleansed of it, and cleansed of it completely. And this is where true ‘success’ in God’s eyes comes in. It is not the man or woman who has never sinned that is the most ‘successful’ in God’s eyes — that man is a liar, having denied that he has sinned. He has also made God out to be a liar, because he has claimed that he is without sin, and yet God says that all men have sinned and have fallen short of his perfect standards. No, but rather, it is the man, or the woman, or the child, that confesses his or her sins before the Lord that is the greatest success of all.
Don’t be fooled by the lie that in having sinned, you have ‘blown God’s best for your life.’ Many people speak like that, but it is simply not true. They speak as though they never sinned at all before that time that they ‘really’ sinned by doing something that was ‘really big, and really heavy, and really awful!’ Friend, you need a new concept of what sin really is! Let the truth be told: that first sin that you ever sinned was what ‘blew’ God’s best for you — not the one that you sinned ten minutes ago, or even ten days ago.
Remember David. Remember Moses. Remember Paul. Remember Rahab. Remember Ananias and Sapphira … oops! I went a little too far in that one. If you are still breathing, and have the ability to praise and worship the Lord God of this great and fantastic universe that we live in, then, praise God, it’s not too late for you! Your life can be redeemed! Bring your burdens to the cross of Christ and lay them down at this feet. He will gladly take them if you will but surrender them to him. And gladly will he show you the path to follow from this day forward.
As the apostle Paul said, ‘Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:13b-14)
Are you reaching forward today, or backwards? God does not want you reaching backwards, but wants to take your life and make it into something special, from this day forward. Trust him to do that very thing. Who knows but that your name — yes yours — might be entered into some ‘hall of faith’ up in heaven, for all to see and marvel at, as they see just how it was that you were able to handle your present circumstances: full of faith and assurance that God was, and is, for you, and not against you, in the midst of your (maybe) sometimes difficult, but always victorious, life.