I think people are under the common misconception that the people in Scripture are extraordinary people who are much greater than they are. That for the people of Scripture greatness and perfection was the core of who they were. I’m here to tell you that anyone under that assumption couldn’t be more wrong. With the exception of Jesus Christ no one in Scripture was any better or any holier human beings than you and I.
The people of the Bible were just as messed up and dysfunctional as the rest of us. Jacob was a deceiver, David was an adulterer, Moses was a murderer, and Solomon was the wisest fool on the earth, Jonah acted as a child in regards to being sent to Nineveh, Paul (formerly known as Saul) had been a vengeful man killing Christians everywhere he went, even people like John the Baptist and Mary were only human. All of these people despite their different mess ups and struggles all have something in common and that is that God chose to use them for His perfect will anyway.
That is why we serve God is it not? None of us are worthy to be a part of God’s perfect and beautiful will and yet He lets us be a part of it. God still uses His people to bring about His will. That is how powerful our God is, He can take broken things and make something beautiful out of it. God takes brokenness, He takes all the pieces and makes a beautiful mosaic out of it, and He makes it one big picture again. That is what we see in the Scriptures. We see people who are broken, people who are messed up, people who are struggling being picked up and the broken pieces of their lives being put together to create the family line that would bring Jesus into the world so that we could be redeemed. I am glad that God didn’t wait around for perfect people to bring about His will, because if that were the case Jesus wouldn’t have come because the family line wouldn’t have been set up and we would not be redeemed. God works in spite of our human frailty and that is the true Testament of Who He is. Scripture says that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Nothing can stop God’s will not satan and not us. There was no man in Scripture that could stand in God’s way. Just as Pharaoh tried to kill Moses Herod tried to kill Jesus and God didn’t allow either one to happen.
The Scriptures are an account of all that God has done and it is an account of what He still can and will do. We are no different than the people of the Bible. The Bible is a reminder that God can use messed up crazy sinners like you and me to do great and mighty things. Not because of who we are but because of Who He is. This is why as believers we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we recognize our sin and human frailty. We realize that we need our Saviour because on our own we are wicked and sinful people but through the precious blood of Jesus we are redeemed. It is in our weakness that God is glorified because it is here His strength is made known.
So the next time that you are reading the Scriptures and you feel like God can’t use you because you are not good enough, not special enough, not worthy remember that despite the odds God will prevail, that imperfect people can be used as vessels to bring about God’s perfect will and that greatness is not for us to obtain. If greatness is what we wish to obtain for ourselves than we have missed it. Greatness is for God and by God always, because greatness is too much a burden for us to bear but God can carry it because He is great. Let God be great and let us be humble. God deserves the glory now and forever for all that he has done and all that He will do but most importantly because of Who He is.
- Christine Sawyer