I’ve heard this so many times before as I’m sure you have too. In actuality, there is a bit of truth to this statement. We are nothing and nobody without Christ. However, with Him, we are the perfect specimen, if we are willing to be used by a perfect God.
Many people look at the sins of their past and argue that God wouldn’t want to have anything to do with them, but that is just not so. God created you. He loved you. He formed you in your mother’s womb. He knew all your sins, but more importantly, He awaits the day when He can reveal all the little treasures He has in store for you.
So, for anyone who has thought this sentiment in the past. Here is a lineup of the characters God used. Not only did he use them, but He loved them unconditionally and forgave them when they went astray:
Adam and Eve– Disobedient. Ate the fruit after being told not to and so began the wretched state of this world.
Abraham- Impatient/ Doubt. Called by God to be the Father of mankind. Lay with his wife’s handmaiden and had Ishmael. Later, God’s promise is fulfilled. His wife, in her old age, had Isaac. Started a family feud that would continue into the present day.
Isaac’s son Jacob– Liar. Tricked his twin brother and their father into giving him the birthright and blessing of the first born.
Rahab the prostitute. Mother of Ruth.
Ruth the widow. Mother of Jesse, father of
David– Adulterer/ Murderer. AKA “A man after God’s own heart.”
Solomon– Selfish/ Married Foreigners. At one time was the wisest and richest man in the world.
On and on the lineage goes until you get to
Mary, Mother of Jesus- Unmarried and pregnant (by the Holy Spirit, of course).
One would believe that Jesus would descend from a lineage of pristine perfection. But He didn’t. He came in the line of regular people whom God used to do extraordinary things despite their very human flaws.
Even though these men and women may have been sinners or society’s discards, God saw them as faithful. Read Hebrews 11 where God commends these people:
By faith, Abraham…
By faith, Rahab…
By faith, David, Isaac, Jacob, etc…
Wherever you are on your journey, God knows your path, trust in Him. No one is too great a sinner or too lost for God. Psalm 139 reminds us of God’s presence wherever we go: “8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”
I love this verse:
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’.”