Wait, I know God uses broken people but I feel like I may just be too far gone. Surely He wouldn’t want to use me! Have you ever felt YOU were too broken and flawed for God to use? Do you want to serve God but wonder if you’re just too much of a mess for Him to want to make use of? God chooses throughout scripture to use flawed people and I will share why!
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But Can God Use Even Me?
And I would see all these wonderful posts and see how these bloggers SEEMED to have this deep walk with God and here I was feeling like a mess. I felt like they must all lead these wonderful, God-filled lives of perfection, with perfect marriages, perfect kids, perfect friends, with cloud floating and harp playing and I was just down here just trying to figure myself out.
It made me wonder, how is God going to use me when I have all these issues in my life, not just prior to being saved but after. I would ask “Who am I to write and give other people encouragement or advice when I have made so many mistakes in my life and so many times that I have sinned. So many times I felt I disappointed God?”
I felt like I was somehow the only one that was messed up and didn’t have my act together! Yes God uses broken people, He has throughout history, but surely He didn’t mean me!
God Handpicked You!
It was during prayer and Bible study that God showed me something very important.
It was as if He spoke right to me and said: “It is BECAUSE of the mistakes that I use you, not in spite of them!”
God uses broken people, God chose YOU, because it’s that brokenness and 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 unusable or that they are too far gone to have a relationship with Him! It’s because of the mistakes you made that God WILL use you!
God Uses Flawed People and Molds Them Into Perfect Vessels
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. Far from it!
No, all throughout the Bible, God uses broken people; the imperfect, the flawed, the “messed up”. Let’s face it, most of His disciples could have been residents on the Island of the Misfit Toys! No one is too broken for God. God is able to take those broken pieces of our lives and put them into the refining fire and mold us into what HE knows we CAN be.
He makes us the perfect vessel that He can work through and use!
God Chooses the Least Likely
He chose a brash, big-mouthed fisherman (who reminds me a lot of myself being that opinionated New Yorker I am), He chose a king who committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband 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 use flawed people?
4 Reasons God Uses Broken and Flawed People
1. He chooses flawed people because that is who we can most identify with. We relate to those people. We can’t relate to the holy and righteous Pharisees…no, but we relate to Peter though.
2. He chooses flawed people because their flaws make them see their need for a Savior.
3. 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. There’s no question, when you are flawed, that it was GOD who did the work THROUGH you and not you on your own!
4. God chooses and uses broken 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.
Yes, God WILL Use You!
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 uses broken people, not because they are capable. He uses them when they make themselves available!
God chooses broken vessels and puts them back together and makes them usable. He gives us the grace we need to accomplish His will.
So No One May Boast
“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.
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