Saturday, May 27, 2006

A Great Generation

I was reading Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus today and sensed God giving me some real insight on initiative. McManus said "the great tragedy is not the sins we commit, but the life that we fail to live." I immediately thought of King David. He was certainly one of the greatest sinners (adultery, lying, deception & murder). Yet he was accepted and used mightily by God. He was even setup as an example for future generations of God's chosen people.

There were many others who by our standards should not have been God's choice for carrying out His greatest works. Look at Ruth the Moabitess, she wasn't even a Jew but became the great grandmother of King David. Go back a few generations. Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute from Jericho. A prostitute.? She was the mother of Boaz, the husband of Ruth, the great, great grandfather of the King David. Go back about 5 more generations to Judah. Here is a real stand up guy. He gets his widowed daughter-in-law pregnant. But wait its not his fault. He thought that she was a prostitute. Her name was Tamar, the mother of Perez, who was the great, great, great, great grandfather of Boaz. You get the idea. The most astounding thing about this lineage of moral delinquents if that God saw fit to put them in a royal lineage that ultimately led to Jesus (Matt 1). If you read their stories though you will notice that all of them turned from their old lives and took initiative in the new lives that pleased God.

We need to remember that God is in the business of changing lives and making them useful for a purpose. The moral of the story? No matter where you come from or what you have done, you can still become great, great, great (etc.) to God.

1 comment:

runner-mom said...

That's really awesome! That'll preach.