Happy Monday everyone. I don’t have a whole lot done for this week yet, as the weekend was another mishap kind of adventure… or maybe it’s just the same one in continuation. Whichever it is, it’s bound to all work together for God’s good.
God has a way of using things in our lives, or using us through the things going on in our lives, but sometimes it’s not always easy to know what He’s up to. Other times it’s us keeping Him from working through us and our circumstances.
I used to hold a lot of stuff in, and as most folks here know, I pretty much let most things out these days. I’m not sure if it’s because it feels good to get things out, or because I’m hoping God can use it to speak to someone out there who might need encouragement at least knowing they aren’t alone. But still it’s hard sometimes to feel as though God can use me or my messes to help anyone.
Yesterday lawngren said something in a comment which goes along with something I learned in Church:
In those times when we have fouled up royally or just come up hard against our own limitations, when some heartache or disaster is about to drag us down into death or darkness, God does not demand that we clean up our act first. Praise God! He rescues us first. And when we can stand it, when the storm has died down, if there is change needed, confession needed, then He deals with us about the things in our life that are getting in the way of our salvation or our transformation into people who more resemble His Son.
That’s a pretty loaded comment there, but there are a few nuggets worth looking at. The fact of the matter is, no matter how much we might seem to have it all together, we’ve all fouled up royally. We’re all messes (some of us more than others) but God does not demand that we clean ourselves up before we come to Him.
During Sunday’s service I was reminded of those people and things God has used, throughout the old and new Testaments and throughout the history of Jesus’s church body. If God can use a donkey to straighten out and grab the attention of a wayward prophet, He can use You. If Jesus can use a few plain old jugs of water for His purpose, He can use any ‘container’ for His good.
I have posted an older sermon here a few times about the Alabaster box, and how it’s purpose was not used until it was broken. God doesn’t use shiny pretty, perfect and spotless things. He uses the brokenness of life. He uses the prostitutes (Rahab, the sinful woman, the woman at the well) Murderers (Moses, David, Paul), simple working men (the apostles) and even those who are quick to speak before thinking and who denied Him 3 times.
God doesn’t only use our messes and storms to remind us of what we may need to change in ourselves, to know our need for a Savior, or move along the believers’ transformation to more resemble His Son. It is through our willingness to let Him use us during our messes and storms which helps us to resemble Jesus.
Storms, messes and mishaps aren’t fun. Sometimes I feel like my life has become the subject of a really bad country and western song- but somehow God is still using it in His ways. Bringing me closer to complete dependence and trust, showing Himself to be a comfort by those who encourage me, but hopefully also letting me be an encouragement to others.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, He’s waiting, but you’ve got to take that first step. And if you think you’re too much of a mess to come to Him, the examples above hopefully have shown you that He doesn’t need us to be clean and perfect- He wants us to be willing. And hopefully it reminds those of us who are believers, that while God doesn’t need us to fulfill His purposes, He loves us enough to want to.
Have a blessed and safe Monday and week y’all!