Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
On several occasions, I have heard unbelievers say that they are trying to get rid of their bad habits before they accept Christ as Lord. However, the Bible says, “Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus accepts you just as you are, He died for you while you were in sin (Romans 5:8).
Seven Imperfect People Whom God Used to Accomplish His Plan.
Throughout the Bible, God used flawed people to accomplish His Plan. Some of them are:
1. Abraham encouraged his wife to lie, yet God called him the father of many nations.
“As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, ‘I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” (Genesis 12:11-13).
“No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5).
2. Moses killed an Egyptian but he was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand” (Exodus 2:11-12).
“The Lord said to Moses…So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:7-10).
3. Jacob stole Esau’s birthright, even so, the twelve tribes of Israel were named after his twelve sons (Genesis 49).
4. David committed adultery and murder but was called a man after God’s own heart.
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do” (Acts 13:22).
5. King Solomon worshipped false gods, yet, Israel grew prosperous under his reign.
“As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been” (1 Kings 11:4).
6. King Saul was appointed King of Israel by God, yet, he disobeyed God.
“The Lord told Samuel, Saul has stopped obeying me, and I’m sorry that I made him king” (1 Samuel 15:10-11).
7. The apostle Peter denied Jesus three times (Matthew 26:69-75), but he was the leader of the 12 disciples and one of the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church.
There is no righteous person, however, you can be made righteous through Jesus Christ. God is ready to use you to accomplish His plan? Are you willing? He will sanctify you so that your spirit, soul, and body will be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23).