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.
The Imperfect Nativity reminds us that God loves to bypass the powerful and include ordinary people in his plans.
The Imperfect Nativity teaches us this: we don’t have to have it all together for God to make his home in us.
This also is part of the story of God-with-us: he showed up, and humanity had no room for him.
Why would God choose for his Son to be born surrounded by speculation and shameful rumors? Perhaps to teach us something about why Jesus came in the first place.