Yesterday we learned to take the limits off God, by believing and allowing Him to transform and use us! But what happens when God transformed you, but no one believes in you? People make comments like, “I remember when he/she did such and such,” or ” There is no way God can use him/her after all they’ve done.”
When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! -Acts 9:26 (NLT)
Drinking, sexual promiscuity, drug addiction, or like Saul, persecuting Christian believers, are a few behaviors that tarnish your reputation, especially in the Christian community. Even if you did positive things, the negative seems to outweigh the good. Through personal experience, when others shunned me, I prayed to God to surround me with believers that would encourage, help, and accept the newness of the God within me.
Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. -Acts 8:27 (NLT)
In the Bible, God used many people with tarnished backgrounds. Instead of reminding ourselves and people who they used to be, be like Barnabas, believe in them, teach them, encourage them, and introduce them to other Christians believers in your community.