Grace For The Journey
Ever wonder why God the Father would use flawed people to accomplish His perfect purposes in this world? I did, and the answer God gave me was pretty simple: that’s all that’s available to Him! “Wait a minute,” some of you might object. “What about the heroes of the faith in the Bible – giants like Abraham and Sarah, Moses, David, Peter, and Paul? How do they fit into this ‘flawed’ picture?” Let’s see . . .
- Abraham lied and offered his wife to two different men in order to secure safe passage.
- Sarah offered her female servant to Abraham to conceive a son.
- Moses was a murderer.
- David was an adulterer and murderer.
- Peter was willing to deny Jesus to save his own skin.
- Paul was contentious and frankly admitted that he kept on doing “the evil I do not want to do” (Romans 7:19).
These are just a few of the examples in sacred Scripture where the word “flawed” seems like an understatement of gargantuan proportions. Yet God choose to use them all in the advancement of His kingdom in this world. Why? Because that’s all that’s available to Him! A few weeks ago, I wrote that there is only one hero in the Bible: His name is Jesus Christ. Everyone else we read about in Scripture is just like all those we don’t read about – great sinners in need of an even greater Savior.
This should give you great comfort today for three reasons:
First, you can take anyone you have placed on a pedestal off it and set them right back on the ground where they belong (remember, the ground is always level at the foot of the cross).
Secondly, you are just as qualified as anyone else to be used by God because you are no more flawed than they are. God has been using flawed individuals since the fall in spite of their failures, and His eternal purposes are being accomplished.
Thirdly, God delights in working through the kind of people the world could never imagine He would pick to be on His team (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
I don’t know about you, but I am reassured when I read the stories of the people who struggled with self-protection, selfish ambition, and other kinds of sin – just like I do – and yet were still used of God. If Scripture only offered stories of those who walked on water and spoke from Sinai, it would be pretty discouraging! Far from being inspired to excellence and a drive to serve God, I would be driven into the dust of despair.
Thank God He uses the flawed . . . of whom I am a part
Has God been asking you to do something for Him yet you have been dismissing yourself because of your imperfections? Have you been wondering “Who am I that God should use me?” If so, understand that God uses imperfect and insignificant people to achieve His perfect and significant plans if they surrender and yield to Him.
God used Gideon (Judges 6-7) who was fearfully threshing wheat in a winepress to lead an army of 300 to defeat Israel’s enemies who were as “numerous as locusts.” This was the Gideon who said he was unqualified to save Israel because his clan was the weakest and he was the least important person in his father’s house. But God already knew this when He chose him as Commander in Chief and He promised to be with him.
It is important to understand that Gideon’s fear did not flee overnight. He kept asking God for signs and God kept providing them until the point when Gideon truly believed that he could do it and he went and did it in the power and provisions of the LORD. Therefore don’t let your low self-esteem, low socio-economic status, or the challenges you face stop you from doing what God asks. Understand that when you are “weak”, then God is strong on your behalf and let Him work on you and on your weaknesses as you work on His job and fulfill your life’s purpose.
God also used Moses who looked at his qualifications and present life situation in the desert and asked God who he was that he should tell Pharaoh to release the Israelites (Exodus 3:11). Moses also told God that he wasn’t an eloquent speaker as he stammered but God knew this when He chose Him and He promised He’d be with him, help him speak, and teach him what to say (Exodus 4:10). Therefore, don’t disqualify yourself because you lack qualifications. God’s presence in your life is all the qualifications you need to fulfill His purposes and your life’s purpose.
Finally, remember that Jesus used Simon Peter to lead His Church after His ascension despite Simon denying Him three times (Luke 22:54-62). Therefore, even if you have made many mistakes, don’t write yourself off because God has not written you off. Repent, rely on Him, and He will restore you and use you just as He restored and used Simon Peter (John 21:15-17).
How then, can God use us? When we do two things:
(1) Rest in God’s power and trust that He knows what He put in us when He created us and don’t disqualify ourselves from fulfilling our life’s purpose because of our real or perceived flaws or because of other people’s opinions (true or false) of our capabilities or lack thereof. And,
(2) Remind yourself of imperfect Jonah who after realizing he couldn’t run from God, finally went to evil Nineveh, preached and the whole city repented (Jonah 3).
So feeling imperfect?
Turn To the Lord And Trust Him.
He will use you for His glory.
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey …
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”