A picture of a gifted athlete sent to prison for using and selling illegal drugs made me sad. His friends said of him, “What a shame! Just think of the wealth and fame he could be enjoying if only he had kept himself clean!”
This man’s failure to fulfill his potential pictures the whole human race. God made us in His image to obey Him, enjoy fellowship with Him, and rule over the earth for His glory. But because of our sinfulness, we don’t obey Him as we should, enjoy Him as we ought, or rule over planet earth as we could. Immorality, crime, revolution, famine, international conflict, and potential nuclear holocaust continually remind us of our failure to live up to the potential the Lord built into us.
But thank God, that’s not the whole story. He has provided a way to lift us individually from our moral failure and to elevate us to spiritual fulfillment. God became a member of the human family in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, died on the cross as our substitute, and rose from the grave. Now He forgives, accepts, and restores all who believe on Him. In fact, believers are now “kings,” destined to rule with Christ (Revelation 1:5-6).
When we suffer a shattering defeat we don’t have to stay down. The gospel is good news. Through faith in Jesus, God gives us new life and begins to lift us from our failure to the fulfillment of His purpose for us. – Herbert Vander Lugt
Salvation makes useful saints out of useless sinners.
– November 24, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread