What do you do, as a Christian, when your life is a shambles?
We attempt to disappear, becoming invisible. By becoming less involved.
We feel we’re unqualified to serve, assist, give aid because we have been such a failure.
We feel we’re unqualified to evangelize. Why would anyone believe us since we’ve failed in so many ways?
The worst is we feel so dejected, thinking our lives should be better now that we’re saved. We begin to think and act as if saying, “What’s the point?”
Is that you? Don’t be shy, because many times it’s me also!
So what is a Christian to do when it seems that nothing is working?
- We can look at Moses….
- losing the ability to enter the Promised land, pleading to go in. De 1:37; 3:23-29;
- yet at the transfiguration of Jesus, Mt 17:3-4
- We can look at Joshua….
- He and Caleb had to endure 40 years of wandering also, Nu 32:13,
- yet entering the promised land to lead the people of Israel to serve God. Nu 27:18-23
- We can look at David….
- Committed adultery with Bathsheba, lied, caused another to get drunk, conspired to murder; 2Sam 11
- yet still called, “..a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” Ac 13:22
- We can look at Elijah….
- requested that he might die; and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life;” 1Ki 19:4
- yet continuing on passing his mantle to Elisha 2Ki 2:1
- We can look at Paul….
- made havoc of the church, Acts 8, persecuting, death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. Ac 22:4
- yet becoming a great evangelist and Apostle, writing 13 books of our New Testament.
- We can look at Peter….
- Denier of Christ, cursing & swearing, Mark 14:70,71
- yet a preacher of the gospel, preaching in spite of imprisonment, Acts 2 & 4
How sad it is that we fail to serve fully because we feel so unworthy, being so imperfect in our lives. I’ve got news for you, we are all unworthy! (Lu 17:10 We are unprofitable servants)
The reality is this, we are BETTER servants because of our failures. We are able to identify, have compassion and empathize with one another. As humans together, we can sympathize with one another, facing the same trials as everyone else.
Paul himself had a major “thorn in the flesh” that he pleaded with the Lord three times to have removed. Look at what the Lord said to him……
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2Co 12:9
Paul’s response gives us even further encouragement…..
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2Co 12:10
Let us serve in spite of our troubles. Through Christ, our weakness gives us strength. So let me give you a little PEP talk……(inspired from a talk given by Scott Futrell)
- Pray – ask God for strength, boldness, help. In 1Co 10:13, it says; There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
- Engage – get involved, become a servant of God despite your sorrows and your pains. An incredible thing will happen, you will get strength. From God, from other members, and you just may be able to help someone else. Mt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
- Persevere – stick with it. Remain faithful, for a reward awaits you at the end of this life when the Lord comes to receive His own. Re 2:10 …be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
One more thing, we have a sympathetic Savior…..
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:15, 16
Ask me how to make your calling and election sure. 2Pet 1:10