God has designed His work to be accomplished perfectly—through imperfect people. We are often tempted to think, “How could God ever use me? I don’t know how to help anyone else. I’m afraid. I don’t know the Bible well enough. I need to get my life together.” If you feel this way, you have a lot of company. Moses complained to the Lord that he could not speak properly. Jeremiah informed the Lord that he was too young. Joshua was scared, and the Lord kept reassuring him to be of good courage. Gideon thought he was brought up in the wrong family for the Lord to use him. The list could go on and on. Even Paul, the apostle, admitted to the Corinthian church that he had a deep sense of his own weaknesses that caused him to feel fearful and inadequate: “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. . . . I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling” (1 Cor. 2:1,3). Nevertheless, Paul goes on to declare that although his speech was not persuasive, the Holy Spirit’s power was in his words. Second Timothy 1:7 says it another way: “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” Insecurities can keep us paralyzed so that we never move beyond our comfort zone. However, if we trust God, He will give us courage and resolution. God’s love will always win over the fear of man.
God uses imperfect people
About the Author: Larry Kreider
Larry has spent the past four decades training leaders to make disciples with the small group concept. Larry serves as the international director of DOVE International, a worldwide network of over 1,100 churches in 25 nations. Larry has written more than 40 books and travels extensively teaching and imparting practical discipleship to leaders globally. Read about Larry or catch up on Larry’s blog.