Imperfect instruments - Hope 103.2

Imperfect instruments

By David ReayWednesday 21 May 2014LifeWords DevotionalsCultureReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. 5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws,but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant,the Spirit gives life. (NLT)

Anyone who tries to follow Jesus and tries to demonstrate his love and goodness will be aware of how far short they fall. This is even more so in those who publicly and regularly share the treasures of the gospel. Any such speaker who is unaware of his or her failings needs to step down from such ministry forthwith!

But we dare not surrender our right to live or speak for Jesus just because we are imperfect. To be unaware and unrepentant of our imperfections is another matter. Yet to curl up in a corner and decline to follow Jesus because of our imperfections is to get the gospel of grace very wrong. True,we are shot through with shortcomings and failures. However,God is pleased to still use us.

We may despise our hypocrisy and repeated failures,but we dare not despise the work God is doing through us. As Paul reminds us,we are qualified for our ministries not by our own inherent virtues or our super-spirituality. We are qualified by God’s calling and God’s empowering-which is all done in the context of his grace and mercy.

If God is willing to use us,even us,how dare we reply that we are unworthy. In and of ourselves we may be unworthy,but this leaves out the great overarching reality of grace. And that would be the greatest failure of all.

David Reay