Can God Use Me?

Often the question is asked, “Can God use me?”  The person who asks this question has more than likely fallen into sin.  Forgiveness is forthcoming after repentance, but what about being used of God after forgiveness?  So many times, it is assumed that God will forgive that person, but He won’t use them.  What sin does God not forgive?

The Bible clearly shows us what kind of people God used, beginning with Moses.  He was a man who committed murder, but God forgave him and used him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.  Then there was King David who committed adultery AND murder.  He repented of his sin and was greatly used of God, including authoring many chapters found in the Bible.  What about Jonah, a prophet who disobeyed God’s direct instructions but, after seeking God’s forgiveness, conducted a citywide revival.  And Peter, who cursed God and was in a backslidden condition just 50 days before he was used mightily of God at the Day of Pentecost.  This does not mean it is okay to sin; this just shows us that God will forgive and use believers if they will yield themselves to Him.  Psalm 130:3 says, “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?”  If God keeps records and won’t use those who have sinned, who then will He use?