By: Lisa Wilmore
Scriptural reading: This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob,Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,… and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah (selected scriptures from Matthew 1 ).
My Christian Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
How wonderful it is to be loved by God. It was God’s amazing grace that brought us this far. Thank you, God, for looking beyond our faults and seeing our needs.
So often, we make the mistake of thinking that God cannot use people because of their misconducts or past issues in their lives. In fact, persons’ thoughts may become verbal, which could be mistaken as the judgment of others. Well, the Bible teaches us that God is the only Judge.
For the purpose of the thought, “God uses imperfect people to bring him glory,” I must share with you one of my most recent mistakes. During a conversation with a family member, I became very judgemental of some misconducts of that person. I was negative and offered no hope or understanding to the individual at all. Of course, God convicted my heart and I apologized, and as a result, this message was birthed and now shared with you.
When we read the genealogy of Jesus Christ recorded by Matthew, all of them had issues. When we look at the life of David, an adulterer; Jacob, a manipulator; Rahab, a harlot, one may think that God could not use them. However, as noted in scriptures, they along with many others were used, even with flaws.
It is important to realize that God is able to work through anyone to bring glory to him. We are not able to disqualify people from being utilized by God. No matter what failures or flaws we may have experienced, “God uses imperfect people to bring him glory.” So, as you read the aforementioned text of Jesus’ family history, know that we are imperfect, but can be used by God.