We have such a crooked natural disposition towards performance.
While viewing the second installment of The Bible series last Sunday, one truth rose up in crystal clarity above the other muddled scenes (ie: Green Mile Samson Hulk).
The episode started with a deceitful prostitute the Bible calls a hero of the faith (Hebrews 11:31).
It ended with a lying, murdering, adulterer the Bible calls a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
And these wretched scalawags are the royal lineage that leads up to the perfect God Man, King Jesus (Luke 3:23-32). Only God would choose such a laughable line of turds by worldly standards.
The Root of David had a warped family tree.
The Great Shepherd had his share of black sheep in the family fold.
And we honestly think God can’t use our half-hearted, stumbling mess of a life.
He only uses half-hearted, stumbling, messes. That’s man’s default posture before Him. All your past, present and future failings were factored into the cross before Adam.
You can’t fear failure when Christ has already proven you’re a failure. It’s the grace that covers and motivates you out of the failure that’s the end of your story.
Not your grave sin.
His great grace.