I can’t live perfectly. At every turn I stumble in my sin! It’s truly discouraging sometimes. I know that Jesus covered my sins with His blood. I know that it us by His death and resurrection that I am freed from eternal separation from God—forgiven and loved by the Lord. I understand that when I sin all I must do is turn in humble confession and repentance to the Lord Jesus. But, Jesus has called me to live a life that reflects His glory, right? That is my purpose: to glorify God. And every day I fail.
Well, this is a little something I found on the internet the other day:
First off, how can that not make you laugh! The whole ‘Lazarus was DEAD!’ had me rolling!
All of the people on that list are some of the biggest heroes of the Bible, and they did some awful, awful things and yet through each and every one of those broken people God’s power shone mightily.
That is encouraging to me. God can take my sinful weaknesses—a quick temper, impatience, worries—and use them for His glory. How? Well, how did He use the heroes of the Bible?
- Peter: Peter’s ministry in the book of Acts is a powerful testimony to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In addition, 1 and 2 Peter are two of my favorite books of the Bible. Through Peter’s writings I am encouraged in my walk with the Lord.
- David: Well, where do I start? The Psalms, his life story, his joyful worship of the Lord under all circumstances, his humble repentance after he sinned and so much more.
- Paul: This man wrote 13 (14 if you count Hebrews) books of the New Testament after he turned from his sin. This man’s ministry is one of the most inspiring, instructional, encouraging stories in all of Scripture.
“”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I am a broken mess that God uses to show His beauty and perfection. Lord, I will never be able to comprehend your glory.