I have witnessed it’s the sinners, the mess-ups, and those who make a muck of things who make some of the greatest disciples. If I go to my doctor with an unknown condition that I cannot cure, and my doctor says, “You know what? I had that, too. I know just the cure.” That makes me feel pretty good. That is what the transforming power of discipleship is all about. Jesus says, “I’ve seen this before. Let me show you.” There is truth to the old adage, “Your mess becomes your message. Your test becomes your testimony.” Just remember that there’s no tragedy; there’s no falling short, that God cannot turn around.
I had this radical experience in high school where I was going to tell everybody in my school about God. I wanted them to know the Lord, and their lives would be changed. My first thought was to approach the most influential people in my school, those who came from good families, but nobody was interested. But as I reached out to the misfits, the bullies, the drug dealers — surprisingly, they were the most interested. One drug dealer just lit up and came to faith in the Lord.
Friend, I just learned that there is realness and vulnerability in people who are honest about their brokenness rather than hiding it. We can be transparent about our sins and struggles, rather than hiding them. God likes and appreciates this. The testimony is amazing of the former drug dealer radically becoming a new person, and later becoming a chaplain in the Navy. He’s a wonderful man. Be encouraged knowing that God can turn any mess into a message, any test into a testimony. He can transform any heart!