Did you know God Loves Flawed Ordinary People?
Earlier this year, I preached a sermon on flawed vessels. This is not the same sermon. I was definitely an unlikely candidate to minister and pastor for 43 years. I may be speaking to someone this morning who one of those people who was always the last is picked for the team, the one who was always overlooked. I’ve gone through life just being an ordinary plain vanilla country bumpkin. But I found out that God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people. I also found out that God loves flawed, ordinary people.
When you read your Bible, it doesn’t take long to find out that it is full of plain ordinary people that God used in extraordinary ways. They didn't come any more plain, flawed or ordinary than Mary Magdalene, Peter or John. Peter was really rough around the edges and he denied the Lord three times. Mary Magdalene was once possessed by seven demons. John, one of the Sons of Thunder, had his flaws too. But God used these three people as the first missionaries to go into the world and tell everyone that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead.
God also blesses those who seek Him with all their heart. Mary put it all on the line for Jesus. The Bible tells us that while the others stood at a distance during the crucifixion of Jesus, Mary stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus could visibly see Mary, this woman whom He had cast seven demons out of. She was the last at the cross. And she was the first at the tomb.
I can tell you from experience, there is a blessing for those who take time to seek the Lord. The Bible tells us, "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6–7). Christians are trying to seek and serve the Lord half-heartedly today. Listen folks, we need to seek God with all our hearts. That is what Mary did, and how she was blessed. As she was seeking the Lord early in the morning, she found the risen Christ. And if you will make time for Him, you will find Him too. God Bless!