A Pre-req for greatness
If you want to be used by God in a significant way, then you must let your hurt be recorded.
Have you ever noticed as you read through the Bible that rarely, if ever, do you come across a character that does amazing things for the kingdom of God, without his/her flaws being revealed at the same time? Think about it for a moment and take a look at some of the major players:
Adam – the first man and pride of God, was a blame shifter who couldn’t resist peer pressure. (Genesis 3:12)
Noah – the last righteous man on earth, got drunk and exposed himself. (Genesis 9:20-21)
Abraham – the forefather of faith, let other men walk off with his wife on two different occasions and slept with his maidservant. (Genesis 12 and 20)
Job – considered a servant of God, lost his temper with his friends and his God and despised the day he was born. (Job 2:9)
Isaac – the promised son of Abraham, carried on the family flaw of favoritism and deception. (Genesis 26)
Jacob – who out-wrestled God and earned the name Israel , was pretty much a pathological deceiver. (Genesis 25, 27, 30)
Moses – the humblest man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:13), had a very serious problem with his temper. (Exodus 2, 32:19; Numbers 20:11)
Samson – who had He-man like strength and defended his people from the enemy, was lured by lust and pride into his own demise. (Judges 16)
David – noted as a man after God’s own heart, concealed his adultery with a murder. (2 Samuel 11)
Solomon – the wisest man in the world, couldn’t find fulfillment and was arguably the world’s greatest sex addict with 1,000 sexual partners. (1 Kings 11)
The prophets – even as they spoke for God, struggled with impurity, depression, unfaithful spouses and broken families, fear, whining and disobedience.
Peter – was the rock on which Christ would build his church, but was too impulsive and denied Jesus in his deepest need.
Paul – who wrote most of the New Testament letters and spread the good news to the gentile world, was an over-zealous Pharisee who saw to the murder of Christians before he became one.
It is not only a theme, but it seems to be a prerequisite that anyone who does awesome things for God must also have the dark side of their lives revealed. But that is what the spot light does right. While it highlights your successes, it also exposes your blemishes.
At some level, it is necessary for your weakness to show through in order for God’s grace to be revealed in you. The recordings of the Scriptures make a clear statement that no one is perfect except for Jesus and it is their imperfections not their great works that draw us to them and at the same time point to a great God. The writers of these stories could have left out the dreary details of their lives and left them in hero status, but they were very intentional about showing the shortcomings of the saints. They were not as concerned with preserving the dignity of these key players as they were with showing the greatness of their deity.
For most of my life, I have tried my hardest only to let my good show. It’s not that I shouldn’t strive for perfection, but I have intentionally concealed the dark parts of me for fear that it would somehow hinder my witness. However, I am finding that as I share the darker parts of me with others that it actually helps people see The Light better. I am not proud of those dark things, but my flaws accentuate God’s grace and allow other people to see it better.
I’m starting to care less about me looking good and more about God being glorious.