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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, 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 uses the weak and chooses throughout scripture to use flawed people and I will share why!


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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 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 the weak, 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?


Why God Uses the Weak, Broken and Flawed People

4 Reasons Why!

1. Relatability

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.


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.


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!


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




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Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved



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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.
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    Lisa T
    Lisa T

    Love this. Shared on my fb page! Thank you for sharing. Amen!


    I grew up believing that Jesus is always by my side. No matter what. He was there to guide my steps and to make me understand our path on this Planet. Because of this “relationships” I have always been very careful of how I treat the others (humans, animals, environment). I have never doubted being good enough for him use me for his work and that’s because I have always felt his presence. I am so happy you are writing about your faith as I always try to keep my faith private and this disconnects me from my true self.


    What a powerful post. I wanted to choose a favorite reason, but all were too good. Thank you for sharing and for the empowerment!

    Amy @ Orison Orchards

    Cloud-floating and harp-playing, lol! I love that you chose Moses and Peter as examples. They make everything just seem more doable!

    Kristin Cook

    I am glad that my flaws have meaning. Especially that I can see (and re-see) my need for Jesus when I fall short.


    This is such a wonderful reminder to me that I am never too far gone – God can work and redeem even the most broken lives.


    I love this! It is always so encouraging to remember that God can use us despite our brokenness and that he can even work through our flaws in ways that draw others to him.


    This is so so so good and much needed. Thanks for sharing!


    Reason #2 is my favorite. If we were perfect, we wouldn’t need a savior in the first place. Our brokenness is what causes us to need Him in the first place, and what makes us usable!


    Needed to hear this today! Thank you so much. 🙂


    I love this! I can relate to you because I am also a writer too and I have a blog as well. I believe that He does used flawed people and no one is perfect. I hope you take a look at my blog as well: inspirationalwritingsbykylieceline.com


    I’m so glad He uses flawed people because that means He can use us!

    Donna Miller

    This is so beautiful! God uses me in spite of my mistakes and I am so thankful!! He is putting my broken pieces back together and making me whole! ❤

    Valerie Murray

    Love the 4 reasons you mentioned in this post. I’m so glad that God makes us adequate and equips us for whatever he’s called us to do.


    Oh Amen!! He is teaching me so much this year about relying on HIs strength when I am weak. My #oneword for this year has been #sufficient, and He is proving Himself so strong when I am weak! Blessings to you!

    Aimee Imbeau

    Several years ago, I heard someone say that God uses the broken people so that His light can shine through the cracks. That has stuck with me since then. Thanks for sharing your post on Grace & Truth. I really enjoyed reading it.