We talked about sheep in wolf’s clothing yesterday, and how not everyone who achieves great things in God’s Kingdom looks the way we expect them to. Today, I want to build on that idea by reminding you that you don’t have to be perfect or healed in order for Jesus to use you. I truly want you to grasp and comprehend the power of this crucial reality!
Many people who are born again and become active in a church realize how “messed up” they are very fast. While this isn’t always a negative thing, and Jesus does want us to mature and become more like Him, it’s important to realize that God loves, accepts, and even uses us in our flaws; once we accept Him, it’s already over. The Kingdom of God would not develop because no one would be able to do anything if we all had to be fully cured before ministering to others! This reality was forcefully demonstrated in our lives when Hannah’s father, who had one limb that was significantly shorter than the other, was healed. Many people have prayed for his healing throughout the years. In fact, the frequency with which it occurred had gotten to the point where he was nearly sick of it. The “pray-ers” would pace back and forth, shake or tug on his leg, and shout and scream, but it never seemed to make a difference. Then one day he was at a get-together with a man named Tom Moe, who was a nice man but was a little overweight and liked to smoke cigarettes. Tom would actually begin preaching and then light up and start smoking at the same time. “I feel like someone here has one leg that is shorter than the other and I’m supposed to pray for them,” he said to Richard (Hannah’s father) while he was puffing at the event. My father-in-law wasn’t expecting much at that time, but when Tom touched his leg, it sprung out and grew! He didn’t say a long prayer; instead, he spoke a few simple words, and he was healed.
Friend, like Tom Moe, you don’t have to be perfectly purified and delivered for God to act through you; all you need is simple faith! Allow the Holy Spirit to flow through you without theatrics or straining to be super-spiritual. You are a vessel of Jesus’ power, and He desires to utilize you right now. He is delighted with you, He adores you, and He adores you far more than you can think! What fantastic news!