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Wait, I know God uses the weak, broken people of this world 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, weak 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 indeed uses the weak and chooses throughout scripture to use flawed people and I will share why!
God Uses the Weak – But Can God Use Even Me?
When I first started blogging I, like others, fell into the trap of comparing myself to other people. I think we all do that at one time or another, whether you’re a blogger or not. 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 the weak. God uses broken people. He has throughout history, but surely He didn’t mean me!
God Uses the Weak and Broken -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 the weak and broken people of the world, God chose YOU, because it’s that weakness and brokenness and those mistakes that give you a voice to reach those people who maybe feel like they don’t measure up.
Those that 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 Broken Vessels and Puts Them Together Again
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 vessels, weak 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
When you are tempted to ask “Lord, am I broken, am I flawed too much for you?” just remember, 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?
Why God Uses the Weak, Broken and Flawed People of the World
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. Our Need
He chooses flawed people because their flaws make them see their need for a Savior.
3. No Cause to Boast
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. No Special Qualifications
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.
God Uses Broken People and 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 the weak, 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.
God Uses Broken People – 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.
So if you feel flawed, that’s ok. You’re in great company!
Remember it is not about you and what YOU can do. It is about Him and what He can and will accomplish THROUGH you.
All you have to do is make yourself available, not capable. God uses the broken and flawed and that’s good because we all are in one way or another!
God chooses the broken and God uses the broken! And it is in our weakness that, through Him, we are made strong!
2 Corinthians 12:10
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” NIV
Examples of God Using the Weak
In the Book of Judges Chapter 6, we meet Gideon.
Gideon was ANYTHING but a warrior. In fact, he was quite the opposite.
The Israelites were under constant torment by the Medianites and the Amalekites. The Bible tells us they “ravaged the land” and left them nothing! They had no sustenance! Their sheep and cattle were taken.
They cried out to the Lord but God sent them a prophet. As my pastor says, they wanted a savior but God sent them a sermon.
They needed to get right in their relationship with God. Israel had gone through yet another cycle of obedience followed by turning away.
But God had a plan, as He always does.
He sent His angel (it is believed to be Jesus since it mentions it is THE Angel of the Lord) and He calls to Gideon and says in Judges 6:12
“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” NIV
Mighty warrior? Oh Gideon was anything but! But the Bible says in Romans 4:17:
“…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” NIV
God didn’t see the Gideon in front of Him. He saw the potential of what Gideon COULD be with God in him.
And Gideon went on to obey the Lord in spite of all his fear, he defeated Israel’s enemies by obeying God (God actually defeated them THROUGH Gideon) and became the mighty warrior God called him to be.
And because people KNEW Gideon was no warrior and WAS in fact a frightened, weak man, there was no doubt it was God at work!
And in your life, God is calling you, not by who or what you are now in your weakness, but in who He sees you CAN be if you just make yourself available to Him.
In Judges Chapter 4 we learn of Sisera.
Sisera was the commander of the Canaanite army. He was a VERY cruel man who oppressed the Israelites for twenty years.
Jael was the wife of Heber the Kenite. We don’t get to learn too much about her but that she was a Bedouin, a nomadic people who dwelled in tents.
Sisera, despite coming against Deborah and Barak with extreme might, was losing and chose to flee on foot. He ran right to Jael’s tent.
Jael sees Sisera coming and tells him not to worry. She brings him into the tent and covers him up to warm him (and to appear to hide him). Well, I will let Judges tell the rest.
I’m thirsty,” he said. “Please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up. “Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’ ”
But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.
This ruler, this mighty man, fell to a woman with a common household item for the Boudoins; a tent peg. This was like getting killed with a frying pan today!
To the world, this was a woman with a common tool. But God uses what the world calls weak to accomplish great things.
What is God calling YOU to? Have you felt God’s call on you but felt too unqualified or weak to heed that call? Share in the comments!
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