I want to tell y’all something this morning. Now, make sure you’re reading this in a quiet place. I want you to understand what you’re reading. Not only do I want you to understand what you’re reading, but I want you to get it! I mean like, get it into that thick skull! Get it in your world-hardened heart! And let it sink into your weary soul! Then, I want you to repeat this to yourselves throughout the day, and the week, and the month, and the year! Heck, some of us will have to keep repeating it for the rest of our lives! Are y’all settled in and ready?! I really believe that God is trying to speak to someone who’s reading this blog. Ok, here’s your nugget of truth for the day… GOD DOESN’T NEED PERFECT PEOPLE!! Did y’all get that?! God doesn’t need perfect people! If He needed perfect people He would’ve never given us free will! Look, if you’re reading this, and, like most of us, you struggle with feeling not good enough, then that one sentence should make you feel so much better about yourself!
It’s super easy to spot people who don’t feel good enough. They often cover it up with things like exaggerated confidence, humor, having to look perfect at all times, perfectionism, doing good deeds, and many other things that in, and of themselves aren’t bad things! It’s just that when we’re filled with Godfidence, instead of trying so hard to be full of self confidence, we can be, and do all the things that people use to cover up feeling not good enough, and yet still remain humble, and way less obnoxious!!! And why is that? Because we become aware that without Jesus, we are nothing! And we know that with the Holy Spirit living inside us, He can take all of our bad traits, (or things we used for bad), or annoying habits, or the things we do that are secretly driving us crazy, and help us use all those things to glorify Him!!!
How is it possible that God can take something like addiction and use it for good?! It’s like our pastor, Gresh, said yesterday. “When I did drugs I was never satisfied. I always needed more and more. Now that I’m living for God, I will never be satisfied as long as there’s one more lost person who needs to be reached!” Do you see?! God took his personality…. his severely A.D.D. riddled, never satisfied, can’t get enough attitude and turned it into something good! And He wants to do that for every single person! Y’all, it is possible to be good with Jesus! If you don’t believe me, read the bible! God didn’t use perfect people then, and He doesn’t need to use them now! Stop worrying about what all you’ve done, and start concentrating on Him! Stop thinking that you need to clean yourself up before you can come to church, or give yourself to Christ, and bring your junk to Him! He’ll start cleaning you up in His special way, in His timing, and so it’s not so overwhelming! Let’s face it, when you first come to Jesus, it’s difficult and scary to think about giving up some things! And if you’re one of those Christians who love to point out when others are doing wrong, and expect new Christians to be perfect…get the dang plank out of your own eye!! Look, as Christians we are supposed to hold our brothers and sisters accountable, but dang, give the Holy Spirit a chance to do His thang first! Don’t be, as Steve calls me sometimes, Holy Spirit Jr.!
Ok. I stepped on my own toes, but at the same time, I’m relieved that we don’t have to be perfect for God to use us! We should all be as good as we can be, which is pretty darn good when we stay focused on God, but rest easy in the fact that God knows we will mess up! Why do you think He created mercy and grace?!
But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the [a]sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. 17 For the sinful nature has its desire which is opposed to the Spirit, and the [desire of the] Spirit opposes the [b]sinful nature; for these [two, the sinful nature and the Spirit] are in direct opposition to each other [continually in conflict], so that you [as believers] do not [always] do whatever [good things] you want to do. Galatians 5:16-17 AMP