If you ever start believing the lie that your mistakes disqualify you from being used by God, remember the story of Judah and take heart: none of the heroes from God’s story were perfect.
It is easy for faith to become nationalistic. In other words, to believe that God is exclusively in favor of your nation as opposed to others. That God is only for “people like you.”
Moses had a speech impediment and didn’t believe in himself. And yet God called him to lead a nation of millions of people out of bondage and teach them his commands.
I don’t know what you’re going through or where you are right now, but when you hit rock bottom it’s easy to think that your story is over. That there’s no future. I wrote this to give you hope.
The Bible calls David a man after God’s own heart. He was also a man who had an affair with a woman and murdered her husband to cover it up. How can both be true?
If you’ve been following the Advent devotionals this week, you will have noticed a theme: apart from Jesus, not one of the people that God used in his story was perfect.
The story of Rahab and the Imperfect Nativity both teach us this: God loves to use the very people that society shuns to write his story.
If you think you need to be perfect for God to include you in his story, remember Abraham and the countless other imperfect heroes in the Bible. None was perfect, and God used them to change history.
Samson is often pointed out in sermons as a failure; an example of what not to do. And yet he is listed in Hebrews 11 as a hero. How?
the Imperfect Nativity and the story of Joseph teach us that neither a dysfunctional family nor the most unfortunate life events can hinder God from writing an incredible story in your life.
God chooses imperfect places and people to write his best stories because he wants it to be clear that he has no rival.
In this season of Advent, may the Imperfect Nativity and the story of Gideon remind us that God loves to use less-than-ideal people to write his perfect story.
The Imperfect Nativity teaches us that we can have hope: hope that God is using our imperfect lives to write his perfect story.
It is time to drop the judge’s gavel and simply marvel at the fact that Jesus, God-with-us, chose to include us in his story.
The Imperfect Nativity teaches us to stop waiting for our life to be perfect and realize that here and now, Jesus is with us.