The Imperfectly Paved Path to Perfection...
His lineage isn’t of perfection. Lots of imperfection paved the path for the coming of the Messiah. There’s a schemer, Tamar, who slept with her father in law. Jacob stole his brother’s birthright. There’s David and Bathsheba, a tale of adultery, deceit and murder. There’s a prostitute in the mix, Rahab’s story wasn’t masked, thank God the imperfections weren’t hidden in Jesus lineage, to show that we have a hope even when we feel hopeless, to show that we are useful even in our mess. There’s a perfect story of grace emerging from our imperfect selves. Thank God for grace.
You’ve messed up? You’re perfect for Jesus to use you, for Him to come to the world of someone through you.
God’s grace qualifies us to be a part of His great plans. Not what we have and haven’t done. He uses our mistakes and our deceit for His glory… How bad can you go? How bad have you been? Wipe the tears, dust the dirt and enough with putting yourself down in a gully of self condemnation… there’s such a glorious hope and future for you, there’s such greatness that can change the world waiting to be birthed through you. Remember, there is therefore now condemnation… He doesn’t condemn you; He loves you and is ever willing to use you, stay with Him!
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him