For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
There're too many today in the church who are overburdened by the weight of sin-consciousness- the feeling that they've sinned or have done something wrong. Satan uses this as a weapon to keep them in bondage and make them ineffective. They constantly have this guilt-feeling that makes them think they're not qualified or good enough to be used of God.
What they need to realize is first, that the sin-problem has been dealt with by Jesus. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Sin is no longer a factor. Plus that, God is not a man (Numbers 23:19), and doesn't judge or see the way men do. He enlisted you into the ministry to do His work and enjoy His best not because of your own good works or self-righteousness, but because of His faithfullness and grace: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" (Ephesians 2:8).
God has counted you faithful, putting you into the ministry(1 Timothy 1:12); therefore nothing and no sin should hinder your faith or dampen your zeal from doing from doing His work. remember you didn't call yourself to do His work, He called you; and before He called you He knew you. He knew all the mistakes you could ever make, yet He justified you and commissioned you to go in His Name and preach the Gospel to every creature. So you have to responsibility to do God's work; let nothing stop you.
2 Corinthians 3:5-6 says, "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." God did this in spite of you; He qualified you and made you an able minister of New Testament. He's already done it, and it's irrevocable Romans 11:29. Therefore refuse to allow sin or a guilt-conscience distract you from ministering to the Lord or from fulfilling your purpose as a minister of reconcilliation. Get busy for the Lord and stay on task as a soul-winner!
Blessed Father, I love you, and nothing can take my heart away from serving you and fulfilling your purpose for my life! I'll always bring you glory through service in your vinyard, and in the preaching of the Gospel, for that's what my life is for, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities May 7, 2011
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome