God uses us despite our imperfections. He’s looking for hearts that are bowed down before Him in full surrender, love and obedience. Clay that is sticky, messy and lumpy. He uses us as we are, we don’t have to become fully mature and whole before our lives are used to advance the Kingdom of Heaven.
I’ve been reading an awesome church history book to my kids, ‘Trial and Triumph’ by Richard M. Hannula. What really touched me, was how God used ordinary people, who had great courage, humility and faith in God, but also many imperfections, failures and areas of immaturity. They have impacted the course of history, and are remembered for that which they built, in spite of their many failures.
Our qualification comes through Christ and His righteousness
In Christ, we are released from the heavy burden of perfection, qualification and abilities within ourselves. We are qualified in Jesus alone. He is perfect, He is able and He is ready to touch this world through our willingness and obedience. We are conduits that His Spirit moves through. We are work-in-progress, and while we are in the process of becoming as He is, being transformed from glory to glory, He covers us with His love and grace, and uses us as we are.
In fact, the more we are aware of our frailties, limitations and inabilities, the greater our dependancy on God and our understanding of the power of His righteousness and grace. All glory be to Him, as we stand with humble hearts before our King.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.