- What do you think Levi was thinking when Jesus asked him to “follow me and be my disciple”? (Why me?…amazed…but thankful…sensing love?)
- Who are you most like in this interaction? (Crowd, Levi, other disciples, religious person, other sinners). Why?
What is that sin that you keep falling into? In what area of your life do you feel you have blown it so bad that you don’t see how any good can come out of it? Are you feeling hopeless with the depth of your sin or what others sins have done to you?
Take heart….because you are not alone. In fact God holds up one man in particular as “a man after His own heart” but yet he is known as one of the biggest screw-ups of all time too.
READ: Psalm 51:1-17
David commited two horrible sins. Namely sexual sin and murder. But, did you notice what he said? Consider these questions: Who did he say he sinned against? What did he ask God for? What was the attitude of his heart?
Beyond admitting his guilt and beyond a heart of repentance and humility, we see another amazing thing happen. It is interesting that in the midst of David’s horrible sin, there is a spirit of missions. David’s desire was for God to use his “mess up” to help other people to move out of the dark places and sin in their own lives. And because of David’s repentance and humility, he answers David prayer.
So can God use your “mess ups” and a sinner like you and me? You better believe it!
**Below is a link to a great audio clip that is from John Piper. If you are struggling in sexual sin (or any other for that matter), listen to the short clip and let it minister to your heart.**
Why Sex Is Not the Root of Sexual Sins (Episode 396) #askpastorjohn