Does God use Dysfunctional People?
After struggling with a lifetime of issues, including long periods in addiction and life dominating sin, I’m left with the question: Does God use Dysfunctional People? And Why?
The question seems rhetorical after searching through the Word for answers. Observing King David, the man after God’s heart, he was a murderer and adulterer. Abraham, the father of faith, lied twice about Sarah being his sister. Jacob, the father of Israel, was a selfish deceiver. Paul persecuted Christians, while Peter lacked faith.
In addition, living in the inner city and working in addiction ministry, I get the privilege to witness transformed drug abusers, prison inmates, and prostitutes serving faithfully in God’s ministry. Simply put, yes God does use dysfunctional people. But the more interesting question is why?
For He said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Romans 9:15)
If we are completely honest, it is only because of God’s grace through Christ that anyone is able to follow after God, or be imitators of Christ. It is not an effort of our own. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we should resemble Him, especially in his love and goodness.
Life presents varies afflictions, situations, hurts, pains, sin etc. However, the Lord walks His saints through the trials of life, even when we lack faith. We are all sort of like Jacob, known for our deception. But God intervened and transformed Him to Israel, the father of Joseph, who saved the Israelites from a great famine. Moreover, Jacob is the father of Judah, the lineage through which the Lord Jesus Christ is born. This provides a great example of how God’s purpose for you perseveres even in the midst of bad circumstances. What is on your plate that is hindering the potential that God has for your life? And yes, God does use dysfunctional people to glorify His name and to further His Kingdom! – Juan Mendez is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a new weekly Freedom Fighter blogger. He serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 36-41
Think About This:We’ll have all eternity to celebrate our victories, but only one short hour before sunset to win them.Robert Moffat
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2