Pastor's Column: Our mess is His message
June 24. 2014 1:21PM
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:24-27)
Even the worst and most painful family experiences become part of our identity. God always has a plan, and our family placement is part of that plan. The more we know about our families, the more we know about ourselves. And, the more we know, the better decisions we can make about how we want to live our lives. Sometimes we are ashamed, frustrated, or embarrassed about our past mistakes and failures. But, God in His mercy and grace offers forgiveness. God can always use those things that we would rather push away and use them for His glory. God gives us the opportunity to know Him and experience Him. But, He requires us to have faith...faith to listen to His voice and be obedient to what He is asking us to do.
We all have things in our past that we aren’t proud of. But, if we allow God to use us and them, He will make something beautiful out of our mess. In other words, our mess can become His message. A good analogy of this is to take a look at a stained glass window. These beautiful windows were formed out of broken pieces of glass. Out of the brokeness, the artist creates a beautiful window that tells a story. In the same way, God uses the broken pieces of our lives. He tenderly puts us back together to make a beautiful story of His love, mercy, forgiveness and grace. Our mess. His message.
What invitation might God be offering to you out of the failures and pain of your past? Are you living your life in hiding, or are you offering these things to God asking Him to be glorified through them. Remember, God uses ordinary people with messed up lives to do extraordinary things. Ask God to reveal to you how your past failures and mistakes can be used to bring Him glory.
Prayer for the Day: Father, there are times when I feel ashamed, frustrated and embarrassed by my past mistakes and failures. While I know that you forgive me, I sometimes find it difficult to forgive myself. Lord, I want to step out in faith and allow you to work through me. I want to be obedient to what you ask of me. Please take my hurts, failures and mistakes and use them to bring glory to your name. Make my mess your message. I love you. Amen! In His Love!