Come As You Are

“God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers.” 

This is a saying we’ve heard so many times. It’s what your friend says when you’re having a hard time. It’s what your mom says when she sees how much you’re struggling. However, I do not believe this to be so.

God says “come as you are.” He’s not looking for perfect people to work his miracles through. Our God is saying, “come as a sinner,” “come as a broken soul,” “come as a confused wanderer,” “come with all of your disabilities,” “I will use you.” 

Do you notice how he doesn’t say “come to me when you go to church a few more times,” “come to me when you stop doing those drugs,” “come to me when you stop talking bad about your neighbor.” He says “come as you are,” flaws and all.

God chose Saul, a man with depression, to be king of Israel. Paul killed thousands of followers of God before he was used to spread the gospel. Moses was used to lead the people of God to the Promise Lands, despite the fact that he had a speech impediment. God allowed Sarah to have her son, Isaac, at the age of 90. Jonah was afraid and ran from God, but yet he was the chosen one to preach to nations of difficulty. David was simply a little boy when he defeated the giant. Peter, who spread the gospel across the world, had an anger problem and denied God three times. And let us not forget, God used a young, unmarried girl to carry the Savior.

God uses the weak to lead the strong.

God does not give his hardest battles to the toughest soldiers — no. God provides strength to the weak. He provides strength to the poor, the hungry, the ones who say they can’t. Strength to remind them they are not alone. Strength to let them know how desperately we need Him, at all times.

See, I believe that God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. He will never leave your side, and He will give you the strength to overcome any obstacle He placed in front of you, if you let Him. That’s the important part — He gives us the strength. It is not my strength that makes me victorious, but the strength that He supplied for me.

It makes no sense, but this is grace. This is the beautiful thing about God. He uses anyone, just as they are.

my grace is all you need–my power works best in weakness // 2 corinthians 12:9

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