Judgement is incarceration. Not just to the person who is being judged, but also to the gifts, purpose, and talents that lay dormant within the prisoner. Moses was a murderer, David was an adulterer, Paul persecuted the church, YET God used them all mightily. Lazarus was DEAD. Ha! God even used him to show forth his glory. What a powerful thought.
Did you know that one of the enemy's greatest weapons is to remind you of your past? Even though Christ has forgiven us of our sins, we still sometimes walk with our heads hung - too ashamed to show our face and present ourselves before the father. By reminding us of our past, the enemy traps us into thinking that we are still wearing our old sin-stained garments, and are therefore not fit for kingdom duty.
While the fact that we are constantly beating ourselves up about our past is quite devastating, we have other believers who look down on us and repeatedly cast us down because we weren't "always" Christians as they supposedly were. If I'm not mistaken, the bible tells us that for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Some of us have walked away from the faith because we feel unfit for duty. I want to encourage you today by reminding you that once Christ has forgiven you, you are ready for duty. I wouldn't put a baby behind the wheel of a macktruck, but I would certainly allow him to hold his own bottle or teach him how to build a tower on their own. Then, as he grows, I would continue to give him more responsibility.
There is work for you to do in the kingdom. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Go forth and turn this world upside down for the kingdom of God.
Blessings my brothers and sister.