It’s one of the devil’s oldest tricks: he lures you into some sin and then kicks you when you’re down by telling you that now you must be useless. Don’t fall for it. Today’s devotional will help. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Jeremiah 2:19 ESV
Your evil will chastise you,
and your apostasy will reprove you.
Know and see that it is evil and bitter
for you to forsake the Lord your God;
the fear of me is not in you,
declares the Lord God of hosts.
“Our dear Lord, when he pardons you, will give you something to do just as he did with Peter. I am sure that he will not say to you, ‘There, I have forgiven you, but you are of no further use to me; go and sit in the back seat, for I shall never need your services again.’ Perhaps you may never be quite fit for what you were before, and the Lord will not put you where you are not fit to be; but yet there will be some place where you will be more qualified to serve him than ever you were before; — for instance, in looking after backsliders. If a backslider says to you, ‘I cannot come back,’ you will be able to say to him, ‘Why not? I did, and so can you.’ Did not the Master say to Peter, ‘When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren’? You will be able to do that kind of work even better than others could; and whenever anybody is inclined to be hard and harsh upon the wanderers, you will say, ‘Oh, do not speak so! I know the heart of a wanderer, for I was one myself. I know how, when they do repent, they are very tender and sensitive; and, often, a little touch may open their wounds, and make them bleed again.’ You will speak so softly, and with the tears in your eyes, that the penitent souls will look to you as a kind of father, and you will be a helper unto many.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 452]