Can God USE a sinful misfit?
Noah got drunk
Abraham was too old
Jacob was a liar
Moses killed a man
Gideon was afraid Samson was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Jonah said no to God
Peter denied Christ 3 times
Martha worried too much
The Samaritan woman fooled around
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Yes, I think so.
So we don’t have to be perfect? What about the bad things we did when we were young and ignorant? When despair makes us lose hope? When we…
Our lists go on and on. Things we feel guilty about, wonder, fear, regret. Easy to forget why we NEEDED a Savior in the first place. Hard to believe He actually LOVES us, imperfections and all.
It is all because He wanted us to be FREE. You can’t LOVE someone if you aren’t free NOT to love them, can you? So He made us free. Free to choose. Free to fail. Free to look up, even while we are falling.
There’s plenty of stories in the Bible about sinful people He loved and used. King David—a “man after God’s own heart” and lineage of Jesus? Had a guy murdered so he could commit adultery with his wife. Beloved disciple Peter? Who knew Him right away, then DENIED Him three times? Beloved. “On this rock I will build my church.” The prophet Elijah wanted to DIE he was so scared and miserable! And yet….
So take heart when you wonder. About yourself. Or someone you love. His mercy is beyond our comprehension. His GRACE what it is all about. “Grace” means UNMERITED favor. His BLESSING that we know we don’t deserve. His SALVATION we realize we could never EARN.
Those of us who are broken, who know we deserved it the least, will be filled with His glory the MOST.
Those cracks are how the light gets in!