So in contrast to my other post,But I’m a Good Person, I want to flip things around for you a little bit. Again along the lines of Grace being for ALL not SOME. Many people feel that they have too much baggage for God. Too much wrong in their past for God to love or to use them.
So I wanted to give you a list of jacked up people in Bible:
Let’s start here:
Matthew 1:1-2, 6
1The [a]record of the genealogy of [b]Jesus [c]the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham [d]was the father of Isaac, [e]Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of[f]Judah and his brothers
6 Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by [h]Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.
Abraham — Yes, Father Abraham, didn’t believe God could make good on His promise of having a son, because his wife was barren. Had a son with a hand maiden. After his wife got pregnant, he sent off the hand maiden and her son. So here we have an adulterous dead-beat dad…
Jacob — Ever heard the story of Jacob and his brother Esau. Twin boys, Jacob was momma’s boy. Manipulated his brother into giving up his birthright. He also with the help of his mom, tricked his dad Isaac who was dying and going blind, taking his brothers family rights, and making his brother his slave. To the point that his brother Esau wanted to kill him.
David — David was a great man of God. He was a loved ruler of Israel. But verse 6 above says a lot. David had Bathsheba’s husband killed so that he could be with her, after he got her pregnant while her husband was away at war.
20 Then Noah began [j]farming and planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.
Noah — Builder of the Ark, after the flood got drunk and naked.
11 Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their [c]hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he [d]looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
Moses — Leader of God’s people out of Egypt, Holder of the 10 commandments; was a murderer.
Joshua 2:1, 8-9
1 Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and [a]lodged there.
Now before they lay down, [b]she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have [c]melted away before you.
Rahab — One of a few women in the bible with her own story. She was a harlot. She protected the Israelite spies in Jericho.
Are you feeling any better about what is in your past yet? God has used murderers, drunks, prostitutes, tax collectors, and cheaters.
No matter what your situation is, no matter what you have done in your past, no matter how ruined you feel that you are, God can and will use you. All you have to do is listen to Him, when he is calling to you. He is waiting on you to call out to Him and ask for His grace and forgiveness. He is waiting on YOU to say, Lord I know I’m a sinner, and that I am far from you. I want you in my life. I want to receive your forgiveness and grace. Lord please forgive me and come into my life and make me new. Use me Lord, to reach those around me that are far from you. Clean me Lord and restore me. I know that it is only though you that I can be saved. It is only through you that I am made whole. Thank you Lord for making me whole and saving me. Thank you for your grace and your love and your mercy.
Remember that Grace will always win…