God Uses Imperfect People
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Sometimes we think that as believers, our lives should all look the same. We don’t have Pharisees and Sadducees who define righteousness by a set of rules, but our immersion in Christianity has caused us to create our own standards of righteousness. And when our life experience stands outside of those standards―the perfect family, the perfect education, the spotless history―we imagine that our opportunities are diminished or that we have suffered unjustly. We become angry at God and hold Him at a distance. It’s as if there is a deficit in our account with God, and we’re not going to serve Him with too much enthusiasm until He overcomes that deficit. This feeling is very common in the hearts of those of us who fill churches. We’re all vulnerable to that kind of comparative analysis, but the idea that you have been treated unjustly by Almighty God is a tool of Satan. If you’re in that place, I want to invite you to make peace with God and to thankfully seek out the purposes God has for your life.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your plan for my life––a plan to give me a hope and a future. I repent for my attitude; I repent for being angry with Your timing. I ask You to forgive me. I want to cooperate with You in Your timing with Your plans for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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