[Notice: I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of my upcoming book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day In A Biblical, Relevant Way.” Enjoy!]
“I’m just too messed up to be a part of something significant.”
“I’ll serve after I get my life together.”
“I’m too imperfect for God to use me.”
I’ve heard some variation of these sentences before. For some reason, many of us think that our imperfections disqualify us from being used by God for great things.
I think it’s because we’ve heard stories about godly people who were so noble that they probably had actual halos around their heads. But we just need to chuck those mental images in the trash.
I’m not knocking people who appear to have it all together. But when you look at the biblical stories, so many of the big heroes were incredibly flawed. For example, King David hid his adultery with Bathsheba by murdering her husband Uriah. As it says in 2 Samuel 11: 26 and 27 (NKJV), “When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband… But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” And he’s one of the most widely celebrated biblical figures of all time!
Whoever you are, know this: When it comes to serving God, your faith is more important than your flaws.
You’re not the only one with shadows in your closet.
You’re not the only one with a weakness you’re afraid to even whisper.
You’re not the only one with a dozen bad decisions in your back pocket.
And you’re not the only one with a few hurts that colour your outlook on life with a shade of grey.
When it comes down it, if you say that your imperfections disqualify you from being used by God for great things, that’s the same as saying that God is weak.
Today, remember that you’re not qualified to serve God because you’re so good; you’re called to serve God because he’s so great.
When it comes to serving God, your faith is more important than your flaws.
By Matthew Ruttan