Does your family tree include a few messed up people?
You probably answered “yes,” and that’s OK. Really. Take heart: Jesus’ human genealogy included some messed up people, too.
In a recent Sunday sermon, son-on-law Brian pointed out that Jesus’ family tree included a liar, a schemer, an adulterer, a murderer, a drunkard, a prostitute.…
We all have blemished families, in varying degrees.
But here's the good news: God used Jesus’ less-than-perfect human family and God can use yours and mine, too.
How can that be? It doesn’t seem possible that God could use defective, broken, scarred families and their stories.
How could God use OUR stories?
“It’s purely because of grace,” said Brian.
God doesn’t make us submit an application listing our qualifications. “It’s not about qualifications,” he said. “We base our lives on God’s promises of faithfulness and grace.”
What would we be without God’s forgiveness and lavish grace?
I want to fall on my face in tears when I think what I’d be without God’s merciful grace.
Our lives matter
of God’s grace and forgiveness
and healing and faithfulness.
Our lives matter
God reaches out to us
in our disasters and calamities
and gives us second chances:
He heals us spiritually,
That’s how we can go on with our lives. And that’s why we can, and should, tell what He has done in our families and daily activities.
In fact, we need to tell our stories. Jesus said, “Go back and tell your family all God has done for you” (Mark 5:19; Luke 8:39).
God uses stories. They are among His most powerful tools.
You are part of a story
much bigger than yourself.
Your story is important.
It’s part of God’s story,
and God’s story is part of your story.
Connect your story with God’s story—
not as a hobby, but as a ministry to your family.
Write your stories. Yes, acknowledge the problems, but instead of dwelling on wreckage and malfunctions, tell what God has done to turn lives around.
Other dysfunctional people—that’s all of us—need to know how God helped you. Tell us your stories: We want to know how God can bring help and healing and hope into our own lives and families.