A common criticism of the church is that it is full of hypocrites. Backstabbing, deception, lying, and pride can be on full display. A lack of concern for humanity can also exist. And this can cause us to wonder how God could ever use the church. How can God use such broken people to bring His will to pass and glorify Himself? Perhaps you have wondered that even about yourself.
Yet the more we study Scripture, the more we discover the problems we have today are the same problems people have had for millennia. And more importantly, we discover in ourselves the same troubles that we see in those surrounding us.
But as we read through the story of Scripture, we also see that God used these people, as broken and sinful as they were, and we walk away with the confidence that He can and will use us for great good and for His redemptive purposes. God still uses us to bring blessing to this world, not because of who we are but because of who He is.
In what ways do you feel as if God could not use you? How have you seen Him use you in surprising ways?