Imperfect But Useful

In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work. Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:20-26 (NRSV)

Peter Veugelaers is from Wellington, New Zealand. Sometimes it seems unlikely that God would use Peter in God's divine plan. How could someone as insignificant as him be of use to the Creator pf the Universe?

Yet because of God's grace for Peter, he has wanted to serve God above all else. As his faith has grown, he has felt that God has a purpose for him in different situations - like being of help to someone who has no one else to turn to.

At times we may think it's unlikely that God could use us to accomplish God's will. We may expect someone more kind, gentle, or loving to be God's instrument in the world - and in our neighborhood. Yet God can use us - whoever and wherever we are. The apostle Paul writes that Christians are "instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work."

We are imperfect and we live in an imperfect world. But God will use us even if we feel unworthy and unlikely, Our value to God's work may not be apparent to us, but it's always clear to God. God does not necessarily call the qualified but He qualifies the ones He calls. All you have to do is be willing to be called.

Prayer: God of the universe, thank you for using us for your kingdom's work. Encourage us by the power of Your Holy Spirit, in Jesus' name, amen

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