God Uses the Flawed

2 Corinthians 4:7
Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.

God uses weak people to show his power. God chose to put his glory in clay pots. If you drop a clay pot, it will break—just like you and me. We’re breakable spiritually, physically, and emotionally. If you don’t hide your weaknesses, they will force you to depend upon God. God puts his greatest gifts in “common clay containers” so he gets the credit. God did this repeatedly in the Bible, even before he established his church.

Moses commits murder in Exodus chapter 2.

11 Years later, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his own people and observed their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 Looking all around and seeing no one, he struck the Egyptian dead and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you attacking your neighbor?”14 “Who made you a commander and judge over us?” the man replied. “Are you planning to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses became afraid and thought, “What I did is certainly known.”15 When Pharaoh heard about this, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian and sat down by a well.

God still calls on Moses and uses him in the next chapter!
10 therefore, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh so that you may lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”11 But Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”12 He answered, “I will certainly be with you, and this will be the sign to you that I am the one who sent you: when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will all worship God at this mountain.”

God could have chosen to only work through people who have their acts together, but he wouldn’t get much done that way. The fact is, we are all broken. So many Christians and preachers want to declare their spirituality but hide their humanity. I was one such Christian; but denying your humanity does a disservice to you and the brothers and sisters of the congregation. Why? Our humanity is one the greatest strengths for spreading the gospel and maturing in the faith.

James 5:13-16
13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.

What’s the weakness in your life? It’s time you give it to God to use for his greater purpose. God can and will use anyone who doesn’t hold anything back—even their greatest weakness.
God Bless
– Kody Pritt

Matthew Allen

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