25 November, 2013
Post By : David Lindner
If you were at church yesterday, you know I wasn’t feeling too well. So, by the time I got home I didn’t quite feel up to writing yesterday’s post. So I’m writing it today. And I didn’t want to skip it, because it’s a big deal.
There is a big misconception that God only uses perfect people. If I had a big rubber stamp that said wrong, I’d run around to each of your houses and stamp a big WRONG! on your computer screen over that line.
God only uses perfect people.
If you were at church yesterday, then you know that’s not true. We looked briefly at the beginning of Moses’ journey as the leader of God’s people. And we saw in that brief encounter that Moses was far from perfect. In fact, if you take some time to read through the book of Exodus, you’ll learn for a fact that Moses wasn’t a perfect leader. He doubted and had a big temper problem. In fact, his temper tantrums kept him from entering into the promised land.
In spite of his shortcomings, God used moses to lead millions of people to freedom. In spite of Moses’ doubt in God doing what He said He would do, God used Moses to lead the largest tribe in the history of tribes.
The case could easily be made, that except for one person to walk on this earth, God ONLY uses IMPERFECT people. Jesus was perfect. He lived a perfect life. He did everything perfectly. But aside from him, everyone else that God has used throughout ALL of history has been imperfect. Every other person God has chosen to do something great has had a flaw.
So, that can’t be our excuse for why we don’t do what God asks us to do.
What we do with this information is very important. If you can start to believe that God wants to use YOU to do something BIG for HIS KINGDOM, then we will become an unstoppable force in this world. If you start to believe that God can use your messed up life to make a difference in someone else’s messed up life, then God will start using all of us to start a movement of messed up people. I am just as messed up as any. I’ve made more than my share of mistakes. I’m sure I’ve made several today. I’m a messed up person. But if God can use me, He can use you too.
So, when you come to church on Sunday and see all the messed up people around you, choose instead to see the potential of what God could do if we decided to let Him work through us.
I’m so thankful that God only uses imperfect people. Can you imagine what it would be like if God only used perfect people? Just imagine for a minute that there were perfect people. How could all the imperfect people ever do anything worthy of the perfect person. By their very nature, they would not be able to live up to the perfection required by the perfect people. But thankfully, God has chosen to use imperfect people to be the ones to lead his movement.
Will you join Him? Will you join the tribe of the imperfect? Will you rally behind all the other imperfect people around you and support each other as we imperfectly move toward the destination God has for us? Will you stop using your imperfection as an excuse to not do something for God, and start doing something?