Today’s reading is Hosea 11: 8-12 Today we see God’s reaction to His broken heart. He cannot give up His people. His compassion grows. He will not execute His anger. He’s not human, He is God. He doesn’t reason or act … Continue reading
Sometimes God’s grace is so outrageous it can offend us. We know we are saved by grace through faith. That is one of the greatest and most important Biblical doctrines. It is one of the things that we hold to … Continue reading
One of the most powerful words in the Bible that speaks to our relationship with God is healing. I had a professor in seminary that used to always say that the Greek word for salvation within the scripture could also … Continue reading
One of our Gospel readings today shows that grace just doesn’t make sense. In Matthew 20, Jesus tells a parable (story) about someone that hires help. He hires some first thing in the morning, and then throughout the day, hires … Continue reading
Yesterday we talked about the bad news. Everyone one of us, we are all broken. You. Me. Each of us. We’ve all messed up, we’ve all made mistakes, we’ve all failed in some way. We’ve all blown it. It’s ok. We … Continue reading
One of the earliest debates that the church had when it started was this. What do we do with Gentiles? See, the first Christians were also Jewish. They were Jews that heard about Jesus and followed Him. That was what … Continue reading
It’s good to be back! Like many of you, summer can be a little hectic for me and my family, been out of town some, spent a week at Camp Wesley Pine, and had a busy, busy summer at St. … Continue reading
I really do love the book of Proverbs. There’s just some really good stuff within this great book. Wisdom that can help us live our lives in ways that are just so powerful and so good. Ways that are just … Continue reading
One of the misnomers of the way that people think about the Bible is this. The Old Testament is full of the law and judgement while the New Testament is full of grace and mercy. That sounds right, but in … Continue reading
Today, you are a vessel that God wants to use. You are. You are someone who God has created, who He loves, who He desires to walk beside and love, who He desires to forgive, redeem, and use for amazing things.
There’s not a single thing in your life that God doesn’t want to use for His glory. Even your failures. Even the things that you have done wrong; even your mistakes. God will use those too. Listen to what it says today in Psalm 106: 4-8:
4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have
for your people,
and visit me with your saving help;
5 That I may see the prosperity of your elect
and be glad with the gladness of your people,
that I may glory with your inheritance.
6 We have sinned as our forebears did;
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
7 In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works,
nor remember the abundance of your love;
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
8 But he saved them for his Name’s sake,
to make his power known.
Psalm 106 is one of those Psalms that recounts all the things that God has done and all the ways that God has done it. it is one of those powerful passages that shows how over and over again, God desires to save His people. But why?
So many reasons. He loves them (and us). But it isn’t just He loves them (and us) but He is love. He is grace. He is peace. He is God. But we see in verse 8 one of the reasons that He shows grace. And it shows how He will use even our failings.
He saved them (and us) to make His power know.
When He gives us grace, when He uses us, when great things are accomplished through us, all the credit, all the glory, it goes back to God.
A perfect God uses the imperfect people to accomplish His mission of grace. Wow! So in spite of all that we’ve ever done, He still wants to use us to change the world. And when someone as imperfect as me, or you, or any of us, is used, it has to be because God is awesome! Even our mistakes and our faults, they can’t stop God’s amazing grace.
Today, there’s not a part of your story that God can’t, and won’t use. Even those mistakes.
When He uses us in some powerful, good is accomplished, and He gets the glory. We are just mirrors, reflecting His light and His grace.
Today, as those who have been shown grace, may we show grace to others. And may God receive the glory through it all!
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