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'Flawed Instruments Glorify God"


"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ"

Philippians 1:6

Have you ever talked yourself out of attempting something that you hoped or dreamed of only because you convinced yourself you didn't have what it took to succeed? Its been well said, "its not what you can do that counts most but rather what God can do through you." If only we really believed this, what a difference each of our lives could make in the world today. 

Growing up, my dad enjoyed golf and we watched a lot of it together through the years. One of my dads favorite players was professional golfer Lee Trevino who as a teenager and before he turned professional use to hustle guys at the local golf course near his home. Lee would (you might not believe this) take a Coke bottle and wrap it in tons of duck tape and then attach it to an actual golf club shaft with more tape turning it into a golf club that he could swing and making a club that he could swing then he would bet the locals he could beat them in a round of golf using only his homemade club. And you know what? Often times he did, proving that even flawed instruments can do great things if they are in the right hands.

Most anyone who has studied the life of the apostle Paul would consider him a success in life on both a personal and spiritual level. As a tent maker by occupation he did well enough in business he was able to cover all his ministry expenses as well as those of his traveling companions as they went around the known world doing missionary work. As the human author of almost 2/3 of the New Testament there is no question he was used mightily of the Lord in spreading the gospel everywhere he traveled. And yet, as successful as the apostle Paul was, he saw himself as a flawed instrument doing mighty things by the hand of God. But for him that was ok because he understood what I hope and pray you and i grow in our own understanding. Flawed instruments can glorify God.

Listen to what the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, "For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence."

Yes, beloved, God does some of His best work through flawed instruments. Jesus said it best in John 15:5, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." The key to our success in this life is knowing we can do nothing without Jesus, (nothing that has any eternal value that is), and as well, we can do all things through Him. That's why the apostle Paul penned these words under inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

Being in God's hands, trusting His grip upon our lives, nothings impossible! Next time you feel as if you don't measure up, that you don't have what it takes to chase that dream or reach that seemingly impossible goal, don't forget that its flawed instruments in the hand of God that glorify Jesus best! 

"And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

2 Corinthians 12:9


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Wednesday, 23 January 2019