As I begin I want to ask a question.
Do our imperfections stop God’s grace from operating freely in our lives?
For the answer let us look at Matthew 1.
I want to focus on the genealogy of Jesus Christ because it is there that we find the answer.
You would think that list would be comprised of the who’s who at the time.
The rich and powerful, the superstars and such like people. But that was not the case.
The people on that list were the complete opposite. They were anything but perfect.
What I want to do is focus in on five women that were mentioned on that list.
The ONLY five women mentioned and I don’t think that was a mistake.
The women were Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary.
I am not going to talk about Mary because we know she was the mother of Jesus.
So let’s talk about the other women.
Rahab – We know she was a proustite but the direction of her life changed when she
welcomed and hide the spies by faith. Despite her past the Lord turned her life around.
Her imperfections, her past, her past sins did not stop the Lord from doing something
amazing in her life.
Bathsheba – At a time when kings were supposed to go for war, David stayed behind and
got into trouble. He slept with Bathsheba and had a child with her. To hide the fact, he got
Uriah her husband killed.
In a dark time, the Lord gave them Solomon and they found favor and grace. When
there didn’t seem to be a way out the Lord made a way for them.
Ruth – Ruth was a Moabite and was in a unique position.
“No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD,
not even in the tenth generation.”
The Moabites had a curse on them because they tried to stop Israel when they came from Egypt.
There was nothing Ruth could do about her nationality. She was born into it but that didn’t stop God from blessing
her in amazing ways. The Lord was with her despite her nationality.
Tamar – To read Tamar’s story you will have to go back to the book of Genesis 38:6-30
Judah had three sons and he got Tamar to marry his firstborn son. But he displeased the
Lord and was killed. She was then given to his second son and once again he displeased
the Lord and was killed. So Judah decided to not give Tamar his third born son because
he was afraid he would lose him too. But Tamar had a plan. She disguised herself as a
prostitute and slept with Judah and they had kids.
(this is a very condensed version of the story)
That was crazy right but that is the Tamar that is in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. She was a descendant
of Jesus Christ!
As you read all these women’s stories its clear to see how God did amazing things considering the
diverse things that happened.
The lesson is a simple one,
Don’t let your failures, your sins, where you were born and so much more make you believe that God
can’t use you.
He is not hindered by your imperfections. They don’t limit Him one single bit.
Trust Him to use you in amazing ways.
He loves and cares for you.
And to answer the question I asked in the beginning. The answer is no.
Our imperfections don’t stop God’s grace from moving in our lives.
Bless you friends