Have you ever felt like God couldn't possibly use you? Do you think that the life you lived before you came to know God is holding you back? Here a few examples of men God used in the Bible.
Paul-the apostle Paul was a persecutor of the church. He was out to stamp out Christianity. But God revealed Himself to Paul and used him as the primary(most written) writer of the New Testament.
King David-King David was a man after God's own heart. But he was an adult-er, murder, lied, etc. But God still used him.
Matthew- Matthew was one of Jesus's disciples. He was a tax collector. One of the most despised jobs then and honestly they aren't very popular now. God still used him and called him as one of the twelve disciples.
Peter-Peter was one of Jesus's disciples as well. Peter was emotional, doubted and even denied knowing Jesus. Still he was forgiven and God still used him after Jesus's death.
These are just a few examples of the many people God has used. They like many of us could have made excuses as to why they couldn't serve God or be used by God. They could have gone their own way or given up altogether when the times got tough. God still had his hand on them despite their shortcomings in the past and some in the future. Our job is to repent and trust God. Does that mean we won't struggle sometimes? No of course not. Jesus is the only one who was perfect we strive to be like Him. Jesus is the standard. Not your neighbor, Pastor or the preacher on television. When we give our lives over to Christ we put off the old things and are made new. We don't seek out the things we did before we were saved. We hunger and thirst for Him, His will and His plan.
Next time you find yourself getting down and doubting you are of any use to God, open your bible and see He can use anyone..that includes you!