Equipping the Called
I struggle with feeling like God can use me for his Glory or to minister to others. I feel that I am too imperfect, I am deeply flawed. Not just broken, but I’ve been shattered. I take solace in knowing that some of the most prominent Bible characters were deeply stained. David, had an affair with Bethsheba. Tamar pretended to be a prostitute. Moses murdered a man, and Paul had many Christians murdered during the early church before his conversion.
In the last couple of blogs, I spoke of my fear of rejection. It is often that fear that keeps me from speaking up. I am going to share with you a couple of things that I need to take to heart:
I am reading The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning. Love his books. He has an excerpt from the book Toxic Faith:
Many fail to receive the blessings that come from ministering to others because of the belief that God uses only the perfect or the near perfect. . . .In my life as well as in Scripture I have seen nothing but the opposite to be true. God often uses those who have major flaws or who have been through a great deal of pain to accomplish many vital tasks for his kingdom. . . . No one is too messed up for God to use.
Just remember, God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.