When I first started blogging I fell into the trap of comparing myself to others. I think we all do that at one time or another. And I would see all these wonderful posts and see how these bloggers SEEMED to have this gift of writing and encouragement and I felt I came up short.
I felt like they must all lead these wonderful, God-filled lives of perfection and cloud floating and that I was down here trying to figure myself out. And that made me wonder…how is God going to use me when I have made all these mistakes in life…not just prior to being saved but even after. I would ask “Who am I to write all these blog posts and give other people encouragement when I have made so many mistakes in my life and had so many times I have sinned. So many times I felt I disappointed God?”
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I am not this holy and righteous person so, who am I? And it was during prayer this morning that God showed me….it is BECAUSE of your mistakes that I use you, not in spite of them! It’s those mistakes that give you a voice to reach those people who maybe feel like they don’t measure up, maybe feel that their mistakes render them un-usable (is that even a word??) or that they are too far gone to have a relationship with Me! It’s because of the mistakes you made that I can use you!It’s because of the mistakes you made that God can use you! Click To Tweet
You see, in the Bible, God did not choose people who were perfect! He didn’t choose the righteous and religious elite of Christ’s day to be His disciples. No, all throughout the Bible, God chose the imperfect, the flawed, the lowly even. He chose a brash, big-mouthed fisherman, he chose a king who committed adultery and then had the husband of Bathsheba killed to cover up his sin, He chose a Hebrew with a supposed speech impediment, He chose a prostitute, He chose a persecutor of Christians, He chose a tax collector…….and on and on.
And why does God choose them? Here are four reasons God chooses flawed people.
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For one, He chooses flawed people because that is who we can identify with. We relate to those people. We can’t relate to the holy and righteous Pharisees…no, we relate to Peter though.
Second, He chooses flawed people because their flaws make them see their need for a Savior. Who needs a savior if you already feel you have it all together? If you don’t feel flawed you don’t feel the need to be redeemed.
Third, He chooses flawed people because they have no cause to boast. They HAVE to rely on grace. If He chose a skilled orator and leader to lead the children out of Israel, he might have assumed to have done it through his own skill and leadership and not given the glory to God. Had Peter been a righteous and holy man, he may not have seen his need to lean on God and taken the credit for himself.
And fourth, God chooses flawed people to show us that He can equip anyone to do His work. We can look at Moses and see that we don’t need to be a great speaker, or a skilled leader to do God’s work. If you feel called to be a writer you don’t have to have years of experience. Write! If you feel called to be a speaker, you don’t need a communications degree and years under your belt at Toastmasters. Speak!
In other words…if God calls you to something you can trust Him to equip you for it. You don’t need to rely on your own talents, skills, abilities. God will equip you for it! And when it is God that equips you, you don’t feel boastful or haughty in your own abilities. A flawed person is open to God’s work in them.
God chooses broken vessels and puts them back together and makes them usable. He gives us the grace we need to accomplish His will.
“Not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:9 (ESV)
It Is not our own works…God is working through us and that leaves us no room to boast. It leaves us (or should leave us) praising God for the wonderful works He has performed THROUGH us.
So if you feel flawed..that’s ok. You’re in great company! Remember it is not about you. It is about Him. And He will accomplish great things THROUGH you. All you have to do is make yourself available…not capable.