Scripture Reading – Luke 2:1-7
S.O.A.P. Reading – Luke 2:7
Scripture: Luke 2:7 (MSG Translation)
She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
God has a pattern of taking the impossible and making it possible. Just look at his Birth story. He humbled himself and entered our world in the most vulnerable state as a baby. His birth story was not a perfect picture. As Angela mentioned in today’s video, he didn’t have a nursery with his name in cute little letters, he didn’t have matching bedding or the perfect baby furniture. He had hay, animals and poop. It seemed like there was no room for him in this world.
We sometimes forget the conditions that Christ came to us under. We have our pretty little nativity scenes that depict a clean environment and friendly animals. We might scatter a little hay around to make it look “realistic”, but when it comes down to it he was literally born in a barn. Even though we keep our little barn clean and organized. It is still a barn. It is still accompanied with smells and undesirables. Not somewhere that I would like to sit and rest let alone sleep and give birth. But Mary and Joseph were willing servants. They knew that even though they couldn’t see to plan and didn’t understand how all of this would play out, that God would provide.
If God could turn this situation into a positive and use it to bring us our salvation, can’t he work in our lives today no matter how messy they get! We sometimes get caught up in life’s lie of “perfection” . We get tricked into thinking that God can only use us if we are ________ (fill in the blank with your standard of perfection).
The truth is God can only use us if we are willing! He is telling us to come just as we are and surrender to his will for us. He is saying be obedient and I will take care of the rest. He sometimes uses our imperfections to minister to others fro His glory. Just as Exodus 4:12 says “Come, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” He wants us to just come and he will do the rest.
Lord, thank you for using the broken. Thank you for using me! I fully surrender my imperfection to you that you may use it for your glory not mine. Help me to remember that you are a God of the possible and can take our brokenness and turn it into triumph. You are limitless and I praise you for that. Amen