Despite our Imperfections

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, September 30, 2019

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11

Two types of people exist in the world: those who think too highly of themselves and those who think too little of themselves. Those who think too highly of themselves are usually overcompensating for some character flaw. That flaw may be the result of generational curses, or upbringing, or past abuses, or a refusal to be victimized. Those who think too little of themselves are people who suffered some setback, or running away from a shameful past, or have been humbled by life in some way.

Whereas God can use anyone, he seems to have a preference for those who think too little of themselves. After all, in the beatitudes, Jesus extols the virtue of the poor in spirit, and the meek (see Matthew 5:3, 5). Jesus excoriated the Pharisees because of their religious arrogance, but he marveled at the faith of the centurion who told him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But, just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8-9).

Moses is clearly in the category of those who think too little of themselves. In today’s text, he told God that he was not qualified to be his messenger to Pharaoh. God saw potential in Moses despite his imperfections. However, because Moses was running away from his murderous past, he did not feel qualified to be God’s messenger to Pharaoh.

Most people in ministry can undoubtedly identify with Moses. We often get overwhelmed when God calls us to do his kingdom work. The interesting thing is that God deliberately breaks us before he can use us to the utmost. That brokenness is designed to neutralize our selfishness, pride, arrogance, and overconfidence.

God primarily uses broken vessels. In the hands of God, our imperfections are strategic tools for God’s salvation work. Our imperfect past can be used by God to help someone move toward his or her destiny. It is when our weaknesses are exposed, our flaws are more glaringly obvious, and our imperfections can no longer be hidden that our life experiences become an instrument of transformation.

Less we forget; Moses was a man with an illustrious past. He had the best education money could buy. He was in line to become the next Pharaoh. At one point in his life, Moses was feared throughout Africa and the Ancient near east. The dreaded Ethiopian empire paid homage to Moses on the battlefield after he defeated them because of Moses’ bravery and leadership on the frontline.

Yet God did not call Moses when he was a feared general and the prince of Egypt, but he called Moses when he was a murderer on the run. Moses fled to Midian (northwest Arabian Peninsula) to hide his imperfect past. However, God called Moses despite his imperfection and turned him into a liberator and a pillar of faith.

What imperfection are you hiding? How long do you think you can hide that imperfection? Don’t forget that God already knows all about you. He has placed you where you are (neighborhood, church, family, job) not to hide your imperfections, but to use them for his glory. Despite our imperfections, God's decision to use you and me for his kingdom work is a perfect decision.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us all the boldness to live a purpose-driven life to your glory despite our imperfections.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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