1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

Every believer desires to be used by God.  We all have different talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts, but God will use anyone who is available to Him.  He is not impressed with what we can do.  No lack of talent or physical handicap renders the child of God useless.  One thing that causes us to be put on the shelf - sin.  God commonly uses a broken vessel, but He rarely uses a dirty vessel.

You may say, "But all of us are sinner."  That's true.  The bible declares, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).  We are sinners by birth and by choice.  When you received Christ as Savior and Lord, He forgave you of every sin you had ever committed.  He wrote your name in His Book of Life and set you on your way to heave.  But you are not there yet.  We still live in this world and we have to deal with sin.  Our sin is no more acceptable to God now than it was before we were saved.  Sin hinders our usefulness to God.

How do we deal with our sin?  First, we must see it as God sees it.  He sees it as unrighteousness - that means moral wrongfulness.  God sees sin as wrong!  Second, we must confess our sins.  Confess means "to agress with another."  We must not only see sin as God sees it but also agree with Him about it.  We cannot hide it; we must admit it.  Third, we must ask Him to forgive us.  When we see sin as God sees it and agree with Him about it, then we can honestly ask for forgiveness.  Because of His faithfulness, He forgives our sin and cleanses our hearts.  Then He will use us!

Dear Lord, You know me better than I know myself.  You know my heart with all of its deceitfulness.  You know all my deeds and all my thoughts.  Today I want to be right with You.  I do not want to be put on a shelf, but to be active in Your vineyard.  May the Holy Spirit reveal any wrongfulness in my life so that I may confess it and experience Your cleansing.  In Jesus' name, Amen.