God Uses Imperfect People by Dr Michael Brown for Ask Dr Brown
It is not just outside the Church, in the secular realm, that God uses imperfect people. Even within the Church, in the spiritual realm, God uses imperfect people.
But there’s a simple reason for that.
Imperfect people are the only kind of people that exist. Who else can God use?
There’s an old joke about someone who is looking for the perfect church. They tell a friend, “If I could just find that church, I’d attend regularly and become a member.”
The friend replies, “But the moment you join it would become imperfect.”
Exactly. That is the state of the human race.
In that same spirit, it has been said that heaven will be at one and the same time a great eye opener and a great mouth closer.
You will be shocked to see certain people there, and they will be shocked to see you.
Of course, we can smile at these anecdotes and jokes, but when the rubber meets the road, it can be a little unsettling.
We wonder to ourselves, “How can God use him? After all, he doesn’t agree with our doctrine, and we know our doctrine is sound. Why would God send revival to his church?”
Or, “How can God use her? After all, she’s a woman, and women should not be preachers or teachers. Why would God bless her ministry so powerfully when she shouldn’t even be in ministry at all?”
Conversely, those same people might look at us and wonder, “How can God use them when they are so biased and judgmental?”
The divine answer would be the same, “I’m using these different people because they’re the only ones available!”
There is no such thing as a perfect minister or a perfect believer.
Every one of us has some flaw, some weakness, some doctrinal error, some weakness, some blind spot.
Every single one.
To be clear, I’m not talking about rank heresy, such as denying that Jesus rose from the dead or saying that the Bible is nothing more than the word of man. And I’m not talking about gross infractions of God’s moral standards, such as unrepentant adultery or theft.
Instead, I’m talking about the blind spots we all have, the shortcomings we all have, the failings we all have, even the best of us.
The Lord still uses us, even in our imperfections.
In 2014, God intervened in my life and helped me make a radical transformation in my diet and lifestyle, getting rid of all the unhealthy foods and eating healthy foods only.