Am I too Messy for God?
Have you ever felt too messy for God? Wondered if God could possibly want you with all your mistakes.
You don't dare verbalize it to anyone because others might judge you. And you have been taught that God loves you since you were a child; yet your heart yearns to be reassured that God really does want you.
As the Christmas season approaches, you feel lonely and broken.
The Christmas story begins with the family tree of Jesus. As we read through their names in the book of Matthew, we learn that they were flawed people just like us.
Abraham waited over twenty-five years for a promised son
but his faith wavered by having a child with his wife's maid.
Jacob showed favoritism to his son Joseph over his other children.
This caused jealousy between his sons until they sold Joseph as a slave.
Judah slept with his daughter-in-law Tamar who gave birth to twins.
Rahab, a prostitute from Jericho, hid two Israelite spies.
King David had an affair with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah.
None of these people had it all together, but they never lost value in God's eyes and He used them in spite of their messy lives.
The same is true for us.
The truth is God uses broken people. No matter what you have been through, God loves and wants you.
Our inadequacies remind us of our need for a Savior and show our dependence on Him. In Christ, we have hope, purpose and value.
If we ask, He forgives us of our sins and gives us the power for each day. He desires our humility over our pride. Less of us and more of Him.
"The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart."
I recently learned of a practice in Japan called kintsugi. It is built on the principle that imperfections make something beautiful. When something breaks like a piece of pottery, they don't discard it but mend it with gold dust.
More gold and less pottery.
In our lives, imagine Christ reaching down, picking up the jagged pieces of our lives, and gluing us back together again. As we are reshaped into what He wants us to be, He shines through us because it is more of Him (gold) and less of us (clay).
More of Christ and less of us.
This holiday season enjoy the gift of grace and remember no one is too messy for Christ.