Perfect Message Through Imperfect People
Earlier in the year as I was packing to leave for a trip the zipper on my backpack broke. How frustrating was that. It could not close, which meant I had to be extra careful carrying it so that nothing fell out! But, it served its purpose and was useful enough to get the transportation job done.
As we examine Covenant (relationship) and Kingdom (responsibility) in the Bible the above truth is abundantly clear and present. Yes, we are called to Kingdom Representation, but at times we flounder and even fail miserably, don’t we? God knows that the power to save lies in His message, not in the messenger.
Cracked vessels. That’s what we are. Broken. But now continually being re-made; Showing cracks-evidence of what we were. We are clearly imperfect. But the amazing thing about God is that His chosen method of communicating His message is through human beings.
We may feel we aren’t ready to be Kingdom Representatives. We may feel we aren’t good enough. But that’s not the point! God declares that he intentionally uses the weak and the lowly (1 Cor.1:26-31) so that none may boast. If we had any power or strength on our own as the messengers, the lines would look blurry and the message could be confused and misunderstood. I think we forget that fact sometimes. When we spend a lot of the time in the world our thinking can be conformed to its ways and methods instead of being transformed by the ways of God.
We don’t need to worry about “adding” to the Word of God to make it more attractive. We don’t need to package it with “WOW” factor to sell it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there isn’t any value in contextualizing the message. What I am emphasizing is that when it comes right down to it, I don’t think we need to stress about having the right words to make the message attractive. As Paul writes in Romans 1: 16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”
In this series we have learned that we obey out of identity, which is given to us by our Heavenly Father. On the Kingdom side, we have learned that the power we have in doing the works of Jesus comes from the authority we are given from the King who has chosen us as His representatives.
Chances are we are a backpack with a broken zipper. But it isn’t the external that makes the difference. It is what we are holding inside. The outside may be imperfect, but it gets the job done.